Floods kill 48 in India

LUCKNOW, India – The torrential rains of the monsoon season killed at least 48 dead and tens of thousands of disaster victims in recent days in northern and eastern India.

The victims have taken refuge in trees, on hilltops and rooftops in the states of Orissa and Bihar in the east, and Uttar Pradesh in the north. Rescue helicopters were refueled the remotest areas while hundreds of people were evacuated by boat.

Relief operations are hampered by the rains, however, expected to fall at least another two days.

At least 31 people were killed last weekend in Uttar Pradesh, when the roof of their mud houses collapsed. Compensation of approximately $ 2200 USD was provided to victims’ families.

Seventeen others were also washed away over the weekend in Orissa, where more than 130,000 people were evacuated when two rivers burst their banks. More than 70 people died in that State since the beginning of the monsoon in August.

More than 500,000 people have finally been affected by floods in Bihar.

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