Mon­soon rains claim 50 lives in In­dia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FLOODS trig­gered by days of tor­ren­tial mon­soon rains claimed more than 50 lives in eastern In­dia last week, with mil­lions of peo­ple af­fected by surg­ing wa­ters.

Rivers have burst their banks, flood­ing vil­lages in the north­east­ern tea-grow­ing state of As­sam where 26 peo­ple have died, Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh said, af­ter car­ry­ing out an aerial sur­vey of the worst-af­fected dis­tricts.

“The flood sit­u­a­tion is re­ally grim. Twenty-six peo­ple have died over seven days and some 3.6 mil­lion peo­ple are af­fected,” Mr Ra­j­nath told re­porters Guwahati on July 30.

“No ef­forts are be­ing spared to help the peo­ple. The NDRF [Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force] and army are do­ing their best. Some 60 boats have been pressed into ser­vice to res­cue peo­ple.”

Thou­sands of peo­ple were shel­ter­ing in makeshift camps set up along high­ways and on higher ground in the flood-rav­aged state.

Se­vere floods have also hit the state of Bi­har where 26 peo­ple have also died and sev­eral thou­sands have been dis­placed.

Scores of peo­ple die ev­ery year from flood­ing and land­slides dur­ing the mon­soon rains in In­dia and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries of Nepal and Bangladesh.

In Nepal, floods and land­slides have killed more than 90 peo­ple at a time when mil­lions of Nepalese are still liv­ing in makeshift huts af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake that killed nearly 9000 peo­ple in 2015. –

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