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Floods claim 531 lives, leave 655 000 displaced, India

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Heavy monsoon rains affecting parts of India since the end of June have claimed 531 lives as of August 6, 2019.

182 people died in Maharashtra State, 130 in Bihar, 93 in Assam, 53 in Gujarat, 34 in Karnataka, 26 in Kerala, and 13 in Rajasthan.

More than 655 000 people are displaced across 1 402 relief camps in Assam, Bihar, Karnataka and Kerala States, DG ECHO reports.

According to initial assessments, approximately 36 000 houses have been destroyed in the affected states. National authorities deployed 147 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to the affected areas.

Flood alerts have been issued for several districts in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala States and Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman Territories. 

Featured image credit: GFS, TropicalTidbits

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