Floods in holy city halt cre­ma­tions

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA’S holy city of Varanasi has been forced to halt cre­ma­tions along the banks of the sa­cred river Ganges as deadly floods from mon­soon rains hit parts of the coun­try.

More than 100,000 peo­ple have been forced from their homes in re­cent days in north­ern Ut­tar Pradesh and neigh­bour­ing Bi­har states as rainswollen rivers burst their banks.

More than 20 peo­ple have been killed in the two states from the floods that hit swathes of In­dia ev­ery year dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son.

Floods have in­un­dated the ghats or plat­forms on the edge of the Ganges, forc­ing fam­i­lies to cre­mate loved ones on the ter­race roofs of nearby houses, Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Shailen­dra Pandey said.

Varanasi is In­dia’s most sa­cred Hindu city where thou­sands flock to cre­mate rel­a­tives in the hope of at­tain­ing nir­vana, be­fore scat­ter­ing the ashes in the Ganges.

Sev­eral peo­ple have also been killed in cen­tral Mad­hya Pradesh from flood­ing in the last 24 hours.

Floods and land­slides from the mon­soon run­ning from June to Septem­ber claimed more than 50 lives last month, mostly in the re­mote, north­east state of As­sam. –

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