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Monsoon rage wreaks havoc across India


Floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 50 people in northern and eastern India over the past three days, officials said yesterday.
The rain overwhelmed hundreds of villages, washing away houses and stranded residents. Rescuers rushed to evacuate survivors.
Earlier this month, the Federal Meteorological Service predicted that India would likely receive average rainfall in August and September, making it the third-largest country in Asia to rely on agriculture to spur growth and create jobs. It shows that the overall yield in the economy is good.
Agriculture contributes about 15% to India’s $2.7 trillion economy while sustaining more than half of its 1.3 billion population.
At least 36 people have died in landslides and floods following heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh over the past three days, state officials said.
In the neighboring mountain state of Uttarakhand, 4 people have died and 13 are missing due to continuous rain, according to official government figures.
“We have deployed choppers to rescue people stranded in remote areas due to rain-related incidents. Rescue efforts are in full swing,” said an official from the Uttarakhand disaster management department. said Ranjit Kumar Sinha.
In the eastern state of Orissa, at least six people have died as torrential rains continue, state officials said.
Floods affected about 800,000 people and displaced thousands from their homes in Orissa. The rain disrupted electricity and water supplies and damaged road infrastructure.
The state has so far evacuated 120,000 people from the affected areas.
Authorities in Ramgarh district in eastern Jharkhand said five people were swept away by the swollen Nalkari river on Saturday.

Last update: Aug 22, 2022 01:12 AM

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