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Monsoon rains kill 537 across India

  • Published at 12:02 pm July 29th, 2018
Assam Flood
A boy walks through a damaged jetty as pre-monsoon clouds gather above the Vembanad Lake in Kochi, India, May 11, 2018 REUTERS/File Photo

Assam alone has seen 200,000 people displaced to relief camps

As many as 537 lives have been claimed by floods and rain, this monsoon season, in six Indian states.

According to Indian Home Ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (Nerc): 139 people in Maharashtra, 126 in Kerala, 116 in West Bengal, 70 in Uttar Pradesh, 52 in Gujarat, and 34 in Assam—have died in rain-related incidents, reports the Press Trust of India.

Assam has seen over a million people bear the brunt of heavy rainfall and floods, of which over 200,000 people are living in relief camps.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has 12 teams engaged in rescue and relief operations, informed Nerc.

Eight NDRF teams are engaged in West Bengal where over 100,000 people have been affected by rain and floods. Four people are missing and 19 others have been injured in the state’s heavy rain.

In Gujarat, 15,912 people have been evacuated to safer locations after being hit by floods and rain. Seven NDRF teams are positioned in the state.

Almost 150,000 have been affected by floods in Kerala. At least 126 people have died due to rain-related incidents—with nine people still missing. Four NDRF teams have been deployed for rescue and relief operations in the southern state, while three are stationed in Maharashtra, which has been battered by heavy rain. Altogether, 117 people have been injured in Maharashtra because of torrential rainfall.

Seven NDRF teams have been deployed in Uttar Pradesh, where 70 people have died, and 68 have been injured in the floods and rain.