23 January 2020

Over 55 dead as floods continue in India

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As India’s eastern and northeastern states grapple with heavy monsoon rains and flooding, the death toll in eastern Bihar and northeastern Assam reached 55 on Tuesday. Official figures however, put the death toll at 17. reports citing foreign media that almost 6 million people are at risk in both states as heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in Assam and Bihar. Almost the whole of Assam, barring three districts, and 16 of the 38 districts in Bihar have been badly affected.

In Bihar, reports suggest the death toll has risen to 33 due to the deluge earlier this week. Around 2.5 million people are displaced in the state in flood waters, and rescue work is still continuing to evacuate marooned residents from the districts of Sheohar, East Champaran, Purnea, Darbhanga, and Kishanganj.

Meanwhile social media has been flooded with visuals of the prevailing situation in these two states.

The latest forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicates that rainfall might decrease over Bihar, Assam and other northeastern states in the coming days. Meanwhile a red alert has also been issued for India’s southern-most state of Kerala which was marred by terrible floods in August 2018 that killed over 483 people.

2019.07.17 / 17:12
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