Extended monsoon kills 1,685 in 14 states
New Delhi: This year’s extended monsoon has claimed the lives of 1,685 people across 14 states. Hundreds more are still missing. With India recording its highest rainfall this monsoon in 25 years, 277 districts have been flooded.
Maharashtra recorded the highest deaths (377) till September 30, followed by 225 in West Bengal, 180 each in Kerala and MP, Gujarat (150), Bihar (130) and Karnataka (105). Over 22 lakh people have been evacuated and 8,700 relief camps set up in the flood-hit states, according to the home ministry’s disaster management division.
More than 26 million people across the world are pushed into poverty every year as a result of natural calamities such as floods, according to the the UN office for disaster risk reduction.
Floods accounted for 44% of all natural disasters recorded globally between 1998 and 2017. A UN study estimates India’s economic losses at $80 billion owing to such calamities during this period with the country ranking among the world’s top five countries in absolute economic losses totalling $3 trillion. According to an estimate, 1,600 lives in India on an average are lost per year due to the floods; the loss of property is more than Rs 1,800 crore.