Twenty feared dead from land­slide as In­dia buf­feted by mon­soon rains

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Res­cuers in In­dia were search­ing Sun­day for 20 vil­lagers feared killed in a land­slide in re­mote north­east In­dia, as the death toll from re­cent floods else­where in the coun­try topped 100, of­fi­cials said.

A side of a hill col­lapsed on Satur­day onto a vil­lage in Ma­nipur state close to the bor­der with Myan­mar where mon­soon down­pours there have also trig­gered land­slides and flood­ing.

Lo­cal mag­is­trate Memi Mary said res­cuers reached the crushed vil­lage af­ter be­ing flown by he­li­copter and then trekking as blocked roads ham­pered ac­cess to the site, some 80 kilo­me­ters ( 50 miles) from state cap­i­tal Im­phal.

“So far we have re­ports of 20 peo­ple killed when a hillock caved and trapped the vil­lagers,” the mag­is­trate told AFP by tele­phone from the nearby town of Chandel.

Photos showed a bridge washed away by flood­wa­ters in Ma­nipur af­ter days of tor­ren­tial rain, while TV sta­tions showed footage of a house col­laps­ing and fam­i­lies sleep­ing in makeshift evac­u­a­tion cen­ters.

In West Ben­gal, some 42 peo­ple have been killed in the last week from floods, while some 250,000 homes have been de­stroyed, state dis­as­ter man­age­ment min­is­ter Javed Ah­mad Khan said.

“The sit­u­a­tion is go­ing to worsen. All rivers are flow­ing above their dan­ger marks,” Khan told AFP.

Flood­ing in West Ben­gal has spiked in re­cent days af­ter the rem­nants of Cy­clone Komen swept across the state from the Bay of Ben­gal.

The na­tional gov­ern­ment said late Sun­day that res­cue oper­a­tions were un­der way in the north­ern state of Ra­jasthan where 28 peo­ple have died since the mon­soon started in June, and about half of those in re­cent days.

“So far 630 peo­ples have been res­cued from var­i­ous dis­tricts in Ra­jasthan,” the home min­istry said in a state­ment.

Another five peo­ple per­ished in Orissa state where the min­istry said res­cue oper­a­tions were also un­der­way.

In the far western state of Gu­jarat, the death toll from floods has reached 53, af­ter more drown­ings, elec­tro­cu­tions and other in­ci­dents.

More than 10,000 peo­ple have been evac­u­ated across Gu­jarat in the past week, an of­fi­cial in the state’s emer­gency con­trol room told AFP.

“The death toll has reached 53 since July 26 with 23 deaths in the worst-af­fected Banaskan­tha dis­trict alone,” the of­fi­cial said.

But he said wa­ters were now re­ced­ing, al­low­ing power and com­mu­ni­ca­tions to be re­stored.

The mon­soon, vi­tal for South Asia in­clud­ing for crop pro­duc­tion, rou­tinely brings flood­ing and de­struc­tion. In­dia re­ceives nearly 80 per­cent of its an­nual rain­fall from June to Septem­ber.

AP

A Kash­miri boy is car­ried by his rel­a­tive as he re­turns from school dur­ing rain in Sri­na­gar, In­dian-con­trolled Kash­mir, Mon­day, Aug. 3.

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