Floods Kill 113 in North India in Late Monsoon Burst, Jail, Hospital Submerged

By Reuters
September 30, 2019World News

LUCKNOW, India—Heavy rains have killed at least 113 people in India’s Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states over the past three days, officials said on Sept. 30, as floodwaters swamped a major city, inundated hospital wards and forced the evacuation of inmates from a jail.

India’s monsoon season that begins in June usually starts to retreat by early September, but heavy rains have continued across parts of the country this year, triggering floods.

An official said that at least 93 people had died in most populous Uttar Pradesh since Friday after its eastern areas were lashed by intense monsoon showers.

Rising water levels forced authorities to shift 900 inmates from a prison in eastern Ballia district, police officer Santosh Verma said.

In neighboring Bihar, an impoverished agrarian region that was hit by floods earlier this year, the death toll from the latest bout of rain had reached 20 on Monday, a state government official said.

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People are rescued in a raft from a flooded area following heavy rainfall in Patna, India on Sept. 30, 2019. (Aftab Alam Siddiqui/AP Photo)

Bihar’s capital city of Patna, home to around 2 million, has been badly hit, with waist-deep flood waters across many streets, and entering homes, shops, and even the wards of a major hospital. In some parts, authorities deployed boats to rescue residents.

“The rains have stopped but there is waterlogging in many areas,” Bihar’s Additional Secretary in the Disaster Relief Department Amod Kumar Sharan said.

Many have received tents from the government, others, including Ananju Devi, said they have not been given adequate aid.

“We are unable to cook any food. How can we? We are just sitting around and getting by somehow,” Devi said.

In its bulletin on Monday, India’s Meteorological Department said the intensity of rainfall over Bihar was very likely to reduce. Showers in Uttar Pradesh are also expected to abate this week.

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People are rescued in a tractor from a flooded area following heavy rainfall in Patna, India on Sept. 30, 2019. (Aftab Alam Siddiqui/AP Photo)

Weather department officials said this month that monsoon rains were likely to be above average for the first time in six years.

Authorities have asked schools to remain closed until Tuesday as a preventive measure.

By Saurabh Sharma

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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