25 found dead as toll from In­dian floods nears 120

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Au­thor­i­ties found the bod­ies in two vil­lages in hard-hit Banaskan­tha district, Gu­jarat, as flood­wa­ters re­ceded

Ahmed­abad, In­dia - The bod­ies of 25 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 17 mem­bers of a sin­gle fam­ily, were pulled from the mud on Wed­nes­day as the death toll from ma­jor flood­ing in In­dia climbed to­wards 120, an of­fi­cial said.

Au­thor­i­ties found the bod­ies in two vil­lages in hard-hit Banaskan­tha district, Gu­jarat, as flood­wa­ters re­ceded, said as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Ak­sharaj Mak­wana.

“In all 25 bod­ies were fished out from two vil­lages on the bank of Banas river,” he told AFP.

Lo­cal po­lice said ear­lier 17 of the dead found in Kharia vil­lage were from one fam­ily.

A se­nior Gu­jarati gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, Pankaj Ku­mar, said 2655 stranded vil­lagers had been res­cued from Banaskan­tha district, with at least 260 air­lifted to safely by In­dian Air Force.

Gu­jarat’s state emer­gency au­thor­ity said on Wed­nes­day at least 12 other bod­ies were found overnight as res­cue crews sifted through com­mu­ni­ties dev­as­tated by heavy mon­soon flood­ing.

The of­fi­cial death toll from the floods in In­dia’s west­ern­most state stands at 119, with more than 36,000 peo­ple evac­u­ated to safe ar­eas as he­li­copters and boats try to reach those stranded.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi sur­veyed the dev­as­ta­tion across Gu­jarat from the skies on Tues­day, urg­ing peo­ple across his home state to re­main re­silient.

Apart from Gu­jarat, the north­east­ern states of Arunachal Pradesh and As­sam have been hard-hit by mon­soon flood­ing, while pock­ets of the east­ern states of Odisha and Bi­har have also been af­fected.

(AFP)

Peo­ple gather next to a washed away road in Deesa mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which has been hit by se­vere flood­ing along the Banas River in north­ern Gu­jarat, on Tues­day

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