Deaths from heavy monsoon rise to nearly 140 in eastern India

PATNA, India The death toll in eastern India from

torrential late monsoon rains has risen to nearly 140, officials said Tuesday

as hospitals and schools were inundated with dirty rainwater.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said the current monsoon has

been the heaviest since 1994, classifying it above normal , and this year's

season has been longer than usual.

Over the past four days 111 people have died in Uttar Pradesh state and

another 28 lost their lives in neighbouring Bihar, government officials told

AFP.

Some 900 inmates had to be shifted from a Ballia district prison in Uttar

Pradesh to ensure their safety and health after rainwater flooded the

premises.

Residents of Patna the capital of Bihar, home to two million people

used lifeboats to escape heavily water-logged homes.

Although the rains have stopped, large swathes of the city remained

submerged, with schools and shops shut.

Images showed rainwater swamping hospital wards and residential areas

where disaster management officials delivered milk, bananas and drinking

water pouches on inflatable boats.

The annual monsoon season usually lasts from June to September but late

heavy rains have continued to lash several parts of the country this year,

wreaking havoc.

In spite of late monsoon onset and large deficient rainfall during the

month of June, the seasonal rainfall ended in above normal category the IMD

said on Monday.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)