At Least 11 Dead, Thousands Evacuated as Flash Floods Hit Western India

Reuters
By Reuters
September 27, 2019Worldshare
At Least 11 Dead, Thousands Evacuated as Flash Floods Hit Western India
Damaged vehicles are seen following heavy rains in Pune, India, on Sept. 26, 2019. (Jignesh Mistry/Reuters)

MUMBAI—At least 11 people have been killed and six are missing after the Western Indian city of Pune and its neighboring areas were hit by heavy rain and flash floods, a government official said on Sept. 25.

More than 28,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas and the local administration is on alert for more rain, Deepak Mhaisekar told Reuters.

Pune, which is around 124 miles east of India’s financial hub of Mumbai, has received 113 percent more rainfall than average since the start of the monsoon season in early June, a weather department official said.

Of the 11 deaths, five occurred in Pune when a wall collapsed, said Mhaisekar.

Residents walk past a damaged car
Residents walk past a damaged car after a wall collapsed following heavy rains in Pune, India, on Sept. 26, 2019. (Jignesh Mistry/Reuters)

South Asia gets monsoon rain annually during the June-September months which cause fatalities and mass displacement.

India’s monsoons, which deliver more than 70% of the country’s annual rainfall, are crucial for farm output and economic growth, but rainfall often weakens the foundations of poorly built walls and buildings resulting in deaths.

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Rajendra Jadhav

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