Monsoon rains flood eastern India

Dozens killed and hundreds of thousands homeless after heavy rains submerge states.

    The floods destroyed bridges and washed out major roads across West Bengal [AFP]

    At least 1.6 million have been made homeless in West Bengal, according to authorities.

    Schools and colleges in the affected districts have been ordered shut to house displaced people.

    Rivers overflow

    In neighbouring Orissa, nearly one million people had been cut off after four rivers overflowed, Manmohan Samal, the disaster management minister, said.

    Medical teams have been sent to affected areas and air force helicopters were due to drop food packets.

    The heavy rains have also caused flooding in Assam state, and in the northeastern region of Arunachal Pradesh 19 people died over the weekend due to mudslides triggered by a heavy downpour.

    More than 350,000 people had taken shelter in government camps in Assam to escape from rising waters, the government said earlier
    this week, before flood waters started receding on Wednesday.

    Every year the monsoon rains cause the Brahmaputra river to flood, submerging paddy fields, washing away villages, drowning livestock and killing people in Assam.

    In 2004, at least 200 people died and more than 12 million were displaced by floods.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.