Ex­tended mon­soon kills 1,685 in 14 states

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page - Pradeep.Thakur @times­group.com

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.

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