Flood Havoc in India

At least 40 people have died in the state of Bihar this year.

This year, the country has witnessed highest rainfall since 1994. The rainfall has been ‘above normal’, IMD said. Several parts of the country such as Patna, Madhya Pradesh and Malda are facing several difficulties due to the prevalent floods.

Madhya Pradesh

Over 600 people have died till date over the monsoon season due to floods that were primarily caused by the heavy rains this year. Around 1,800 animals have died. The state has incurred a loss of Rs. 12,000 crores. Madhya Pradesh has recorded the highest- 1,203 mm – rainfall this year after 2013.

The livelihood of 55,36,517 farmers has been affected.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamnath Singh said on Monday that financial assistance will provided to all the flood victims including both businessmen and farmers by October 15. He also said that the state government will repair the damaged roads, bridges and more as soon as possible.

Bihar Flood Chaos

The death toll has reached up to 40 due to Bihar floods this year which has affected at least 24 districts of the state, including Patna. Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the situation with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying the Central Government stands ready to provide all possible help.

The India Meteorological Department has forecast more rains for Bihar, including the Capital city where several areas are still submerged and food and relief material are being airdropped. NDRF and SDRF are conducting relief operations in low-lying areas of Patna. All necessary services like train and power have been affected. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red warning for heavy rain in the state for Monday.

 

Karnataka

Earlier in August, the southern state of India, Karnataka was severely flood affected due to heavy rainfall in the Monsoon season. Thousands of people were evacuated to safer places and relief camps and  almost seven lakh people have been displaced.

As of 14 August 2019, 61 people have been killed and 15 people missing due to flood-related incidents across 22 districts of the state as per the data released by Karnataka State [Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre] (KSNDMC).

 

Flood situation is deteriorating in Bengal’s Malda

Over 2.5 lakh people in West Bengal’s Malda district have been affected by a flood-like situation owing to incessant rain, District official said. Ceaseless downpour has inundated many areas of Malda, including major wings of the Malda Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) from where patients had to be shifted.

In Malda, Phulhar river has almost touched the extreme danger level, inundating a number of villages under the Harishchandrapur and the Ratua blocks. Water levels of Ganga and Mahananda rivers are also rising. Mahananda has inundated a portion of Old Malda and Englishbazar towns.