Heavy monsoon rains kill more than 100 in India, leave thousands homeless

Due to floods, West Bengal government has established 1537 relief camps and 214306 peoples have been accommodated.


Meanwhile, the toll in the West Bengal floods today shot up to over 70 and affecting 36 lakh people. So far, as many as 15,309 villages with 61,93,965 population have been affected in floods caused by the aftermath of Cyclone Komen.

Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.

A report issued Saturday by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Myanmar disaster officials estimated that more than 156,000 people had been affected by flooding.

Some four million people living in 14 districts in the western state of Gujarat have been affected by floods after heavy rainfall in the last few days. Some parts of the state remain disconnected with roads and bridges washed away by flood waters.

In Odisha, seven districts namely Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jharsuguda and Deogarh were affected by the floods, the statement said. So far 402600 water pouches have also been distributed.

Kaushal pointed out that teams had fanned out to all flood-affected states and set up temporary relief camps for evacuees. He told state TV that the government plans to begin reconstruction once evacuated people return to their homes.

Banerjee instructed a number of ministers and senior officials to visit the affected areas and supervise relief arrangement. “Another 150 villagers are still stuck and the army is carrying out rescue operations”, said Burdwan district magistrate Soumitra Mohan.

The Union Home Minister Singh spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and reviewed the flood situation in the state.

Rain forecast in drought territory: India has retained its forecast for this year’s monsoon rains at 88 percent of the long-period average as a strengthening El Nino weather pattern is likely to trim rainfall in August-September to 84 percent, raising fears of the first drought in six years.


According to the IMD, the quantum of average monsoon rainfall across the country between June 1 and August 2 had been 443.8 mm, which was 6% less than the benchmark of 471.8 mm arrived at on the basis of a 50-year average shower.

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