Severe flooding continues across western India: At least 26 people dead, over 2 000 villages affected


Severe rainstorms continue to batter western India, causing floods and damage across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

2 000 villages were affected in the Gujarat state, 12 villages have been flooded in the Jalore district, while 53 helicopter rescue operations have been performed in the area. 

At least 26 people have been reported dead in the last 48 hours, according to local authorities. Severe rainstorms accompanied with strong winds have also cut off the power supplies and communications across the north of Gujarat state.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports around 164 mm (6 inches) of rain in a 24 hour period in Bhuj on Tuesday, July 28, while more than 400 mm (16 inches) of rainfall was reported in the last 7 days across the other states of western India.

96 mm (3.8 inches) of rain was recorded in the Rajkot city, on July 28, 2015. A total of 423.2 mm (17 inches) has fallen in the city since Thursday, July 23.

72-hr rainfall accumulation as observed by GPM Core Observatory. Image credit: Google / NASA/JAXA GPM.

Flooding has also been reported across 6 districts of Madhya Pradesh, where 2 people were reported dead since Wednesday, July 24. 4 flood related deaths have been reported in the state of Rajasthan, as well, Floodlist informs.

More heavy rainstorms are expected to affect western India over the next 48 hours, according to the Indian weather bureau.

Featured image: Flooding in western India, July 29, 2015. Image credit: @MedhajNewsApp


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