October 5, 2022

Floods and landslides kill dozens as monsoon rains in north and east India

Floods and landslides kill dozens as monsoon rains in north and east India

Floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 50 people in northern and eastern India over the past three days, officials said on Sunday.

The rain swept through hundreds of villages, washing away homes and leaving residents stranded as rescue teams raced to evacuate survivors.

Earlier this month, the Federal Met Office forecast that India will likely receive average rainfall in August and September, indicating generally good harvests in Asia’s third-largest economy that relies on agriculture to boost growth and create jobs.

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Agriculture contributes about 15% to India’s $2.7 trillion economy while sustaining more than half of India’s 1.3 billion population.

Heavy rains were followed by landslides and floods in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh over the past three days, killing at least 36 people, a state government official told Reuters.

In the neighboring mountainous state of Uttarakhand, an official government statement said four were killed and 13 were missing due to the continuing rains.

“We have deployed helicopters to rescue people stranded in remote areas due to rain-related accidents. The rescue operation is in full swing,” said Ranjit Kumar Sinha, a disaster management official in Uttarakhand.

At least six people have died amid continuing heavy rains, an official in the eastern state of Odisha said.

The floods affected nearly 800,000 people and displaced thousands of their homes in Odisha, as the rains disrupted electricity and water supplies, and damaged road infrastructure.

The state has so far evacuated 120,000 people from the affected areas.

Authorities in Ramgarh district of eastern Jharkhand state said five people were swept away by the swollen Nalkari river on Saturday.

Madhvi Mishra, a local official in Ramgarh, said four bodies had been recovered so far.

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Written by Moncef Fengatel. Editing by Rupham Jane and Christian Schmolinger

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