Death toll climbs from India’s monsoon floods
The death toll from severe monsoon flooding across India has risen to at least 76, officials said yesterday, with eight people killed in the past day in the worst-hit states. Heavy rain in Gujarat has claimed 11 lives since Saturday as the monsoon intensified across the western state. “Seven of these died in the last 24 hours and at least four others are still missing,” Pankaj Kumar, a Gujarat government official, told AFP. Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in India’s northeast have been the hardest-hit, while pockets of the eastern states of Odisha and Bihar have also been affected. In the hilly state of Assam 60 people have been killed and a state-wide emergency relief operation has been underway since the wet season arrived in April.