Mon­soon rains kill 59 in north­ern In­dia

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

A heavy spell of re­treat­ing mon­soon rains has flooded wide ar­eas of north­ern In­dia, killing dozens of peo­ple this past week, an of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

Sand­haya Kureel, a spokes­woman of the Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and Re­lief Depart­ment, said most of the 59 fa­tal­i­ties were caused by house col­lapses, light­ning and drown­ing in Ut­tar Pradesh state. They in­cluded at least five peo­ple dy­ing of snake bites in flooded ar­eas.

The tem­ple city of Varanasi

was lashed by 7 inches of rain on Thurs­day and Fri­day, flood­ing the bathing ar­eas of the Ganges River used by thou­sands of Hindu pil­grims.

Schools were shut on Satur­day as the down­pour caused dis­rup­tions in the state cap­i­tal, Lucknow, and sev­eral towns, in­clud­ing Ame­thi and Har­doi.

J.P. Gupta, di­rec­tor of the state Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment, said the rain is ex­pected to ebb af­ter Mon­day.

The Press Trust of In­dia news agency said the western state of Ma­ha­rash­tra also was hit by heavy rain and nearly 3,000 peo­ple were moved to higher ground due to flood­ing in low-ly­ing ar­eas of Pune city and neigh­bor­ing ar­eas.

More than 350 peo­ple have been killed by rain­re­lated causes in In­dia, Nepal and Bangladesh this mon­soon sea­son, which runs from June through Septem­ber.

RA­JESH KU­MAR SINGH AP

A sadhu, or Hindu holy man, takes shel­ter from the rain Satur­day un­der a cart in Praya­graj, north­ern In­dia.

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