Dozens killed as severe floods hit India

  • 26/07/2017
Flooding in India has killed dozens and affected thousand more.
Flooding in India has killed dozens and affected thousand more. Photo credit: Reuters

Floods and relentless rain in western India have killed at least 75 people and displaced more than 25,000 in the past three weeks, officials say.

Monsoon rains have lashed most of the country, leaving several states fighting to contain the flood fury that has affected thousands and killed hundreds.

The situation remains critical in the western state of Gujarat, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take an aerial survey of his home state on Tuesday to assess the damage.

Mayank Rawal, a senior official in the disaster management department in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's main city, said more than 10,000 people had been moved to higher ground, including 1000 who were flown to safety.

LB Bambhaniya, administrator of flood-ravaged Banaskantha district in Gujarat, said 350 villages had been waterlogged, hitting cotton and groundnut crops.

"I am worried about the damage to the fields ... We will have to provide financial support to farmers," Bambhaniya told Reuters.

In neighbouring Rajasthan, a usually arid state, six people were killed in three flood-hit districts.

In India's eastern state of West Bengal, more than 25,000 people were forced from their homes due to the rains and sudden discharge of water from several dams in neighbouring Jharkhand.

The waters were receding in northeast India, where at least 105 people had lost their lives due to floods and landslides in the past month.

Efforts were under way to drain stagnant water from a national park in Assam that is home to the world's largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceroses.

Assam Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Keshab Mahanta said the government had launched a massive clean-up to prevent the outbreak of disease.


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