Over 150 dead in India flood havoc

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Over 150 dead in India flood havoc

asMore than 150 people have died and 10 million affected in recent floods and landslides across India the country’s IT capital Bangalore was the latest to grapple with the torrential monsoon rains.

“In the eastern state of Bihar, the floods have killed 56 people since Sunday and affected nearly seven million,’’ State Disaster Management Official, Pratyay Amrit, said.

Major rivers in Bihar, which neighbours Nepal, were overflowing, causing thousands of huts to wash away and damage to bridges, highways and crops.

The deaths were due to wall collapses, drowning and electrocution, while thousands of homeless were lodged in government-run relief camps.

The state officials said that 28 people have also died in the fresh wave of flooding in the north-eastern state of Assam since Thursday.

More than three million people were affected either displaced, stranded or suffering damage to crops and property.

Another 46 people died in a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in the northern mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

In neighbouring Uttarakhand, 17 people were killed and more than 30 including soldiers were missing in floods, domestic media reported.

Eight more people were killed in floods in the eastern states of West Bengal and Meghalaya.

India’s IT hub of Bangalore was deluged by heavy overnight rains between Monday and Tuesday, the worst since 1890, broadcaster NDTV reported.

The downpour flooded several areas of the city while electricity supplies were cut as a precautionary measure.

Office-goers faced a tough time as several arterial roads and subways were waterlogged.

More rain was forecast in the coming days in the flood-hit areas, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. (dpa/NAN)


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