More than 13 million affected, 771 dead as widespread floods continue across India

More than 13 million affected, 771 dead as widespread floods continue across India

Extensive flooding from severe monsoon rains continues to impact much of India, with more than 13 million people affected and 771 fatalities as of August 7, 2020. More than half a million people have been evacuated in West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.

Since the onset of the monsoon, around 771 people have died across the country due to ongoing floods and rain-related incidents.

Approximately 522 908 people have been displaced. The worst-affected states are Bihar, Assam, and Uttar Pradesh.

In Bihar, more than 6.6 million have been affected and 19 have lost their lives. A total of 1 118 villages are reeling from the consequences of heavy rain.

A total of 440 507 have been evacuated and 38 relief centers have been opened. So far, relief camps are housing 28 664 people.

Over 5.6 million people from 30 districts have been suffering from widespread flooding in Assam. 107 fatalities due to flooding have been reported in the state, while landslides have claimed 26 lives.

More than 5 000 villages were inundated and around 81 696 people have been evacuated. Floods have damaged around 260 000 ha (460 000 acres) of crops. 620 relief camps have been built, housing 156 874 people.

Residents in Uttar Pradesh were also in grip of severe flooding as more than 50 000 people from 16 districts and 960 villages have been affected.

Since July 1, six people were killed in rain-related disasters. 552 houses have been damaged. 956 relief camps have been set, accommodating 4 340 evacuees. About 38 000 ha (94 000 acres) of crops have been lost.

Other states also affected are Kerala with 28 casualties, Tamil Nadu with 18, and Madhya Pradesh with 68. At least 10 teams from the National Disaster Response Force are currently assisting people in the affected states.

More heavy rain is forecast over much of India and very heavy rain is expected over western states and southwestern coastal areas on Saturday, August 8.

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