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
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
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,
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)