Death toll climbs to 76 in In­dia’s floods

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - The death toll from se­vere mon­soon flood­ing across In­dia has risen to at least 76, of­fi­cials said on Mon­day, with eight peo­ple killed in the past day.

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 states, while pock­ets of the east­ern states of Odisha and Bi­har have also been af­fected.

In hilly As­sam 60 peo­ple have been killed and a state-wide emer­gency re­lief op­er­a­tion has been un­der­way since the rainy sea­son ar­rived in April.

“One per­son died in the last 24 hours. Thou­sands have been res­cued and are now in 118 re­lief camps set up by the gov­ern­ment across 21 af­fected districts,” said Ra­jib Prakash Barua, a se­nior of- fi­cial with As­sam’s Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity. Rains had eased in some parts of the state but five ma­jor rivers were still at dan­ger lev­els, he added.

Res­cue teams have also de­liv­ered grass and other feed to an­i­mals stranded in flooded sec­tions of As­sam’s Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park, home to In­dia’s famed one-horned rhi­nos and other na­tive species.

Power sup­plies and rail and road ser­vices have been dis­rupted in the five worst-hit states.

Thou­sands in Odisha have been badly hit by flash floods, which stranded many with­out ba­sic es­sen­tials.

Emer­gency re­sponse teams res­cued at least 300 peo­ple since Sun­day, in­clud­ing 16 preg­nant women, from one of the worst-hit re­gions.

‘Closely mon­i­tor­ing flood sit­u­a­tion; ev­ery ef­fort be­ing made to reach the af­fected with food, medicines and sup­plies. Air sor­ties in full swing’, Odisha’s chief min­is­ter Naveen Pat­naik posted on Twit­ter on Mon­day.

(AFP)

A man drives his ve­hi­cle through flooded street af­ter a heavy rain­fall in Dima­pur in the north east­ern state of Na­ga­land on July 14

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