Week’s rain, flooding kill 48 Indians
NEW DELHI — At least 48 people have been killed as large areas of western India have been lashed by monsoon rain and flooding over the past week, officials said Wednesday.
In Rajasthan, home to a number of popular tourist destinations, the streets of at least four districts have been turned into virtual rivers, trapping tens of thousands of people on the upper floors of residential buildings. Rescue workers scrambled Wednesday to rescue thousands of others whose homes have been flooded or destroyed. By Wednesday, the death toll in the state stood at 19. In the neighboring state of Gujarat, at least 29 people have died in torrential rain. This week’s deaths have raised the toll to 83 since the start of the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.
Flood survivors have an emotional reunion Wednesday at a camp for the displaced in Gujarat, India.