• Thursday, Sep 16, 2021
  • Last Update : 10:01 pm

India flood toll now 209 with 8 still missing

  • Published at 06:46 pm July 28th, 2021
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This handout photo by the Indian Navy shows areas inundated with flood water after heavy monsoon rains in Raigad district of Maharashtra on July 23, 2021 | AFP

As many as 4,34,185 people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas

The death toll in the Indian state of Maharashtra has jumped further to 209 as of Wednesday, where eight people are still missing due to heavy rains and floods in the state, reports the ANI.

However, 4,34,185 people have been evacuated from the flood-affected areas.

Heavy downpour in Maharashtra since Thursday caused flooding, landslides and house collapses in its western and southern areas, leading to the fatalities. 

Latest official records say that 43 roads have been submerged and a bridge on the Vashisthi river was damaged at Chiplun due to heavy floods.

Over 16 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed at Thane, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, and Sindhudurg.

The state management unit said that 308 relief camps are based at Sanghli and Kolhapur for rescue operations in the flood-affected area. Air Force and Indian Army have been deployed at Kolhapur and Ratnagiri National Disaster Response Force.

Meanwhile, one person was killed and 10 went missing in flash floods in another Indian state called Himachal Pradesh.

Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year, but they also deliver more than 70% of India's rainfall and are crucial for farmers.

Heavy rains in Mumbai are not uncommon. The city experiences flooding every year during the monsoon season, but the intensity of the rains has increased in recent times.

Thousands of people migrate to the city every day in search of jobs.

This fuels rapid - and often unregulated - construction, forcing many to live in poor quality buildings.

The monsoon season in India lasts from June to September each year.

Many factors contribute to flooding, but experts say climate change caused by global warming makes extreme rainfall more likely.

Heavy rains and flooding have also hit western Europe and parts of China in recent weeks, while North America has grappled with scorching heatwaves.

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