Wednesday 23 October 2019

Worst monsoon in 25 years leaves 113 dead

Heavy rainfall in Patna. Photo: Sachin Kumar/AFP/Getty Images
Heavy rainfall in Patna. Photo: Sachin Kumar/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Wallen

At least 113 people have died across northern India after five days of heavy monsoon rainfall, the worst in 25 years according to officials, unleashed devastating floods.

Torrential rain began to fall across the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Thursday, submerging several major towns and cities.

Yesterday, officials in Uttar Pradesh said 93 people had died in three days from drowning, the collapse of homes and snake bites.

Dozens of people were killed in Bihar, where rescue workers used boats to reach residents trapped by waist-deep flooding in Patna, the state capital.

A major city hospital was inundated, with muddy waters filling wards in which patients still lay in beds. Authorities also evacuated 900 inmates from a prison in eastern Ballia district, police said.

Deaths were also recorded in four others states.

Experts believe such extreme weather events are intensifying due to climate change, and that India will suffer heavier, more erratic rainfall with more frequent floods in coming years.

Irish Independent

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