Over 100 dead in devastating floods in India

By Doug Mattushek - 30 September 2019Views : 429

Authorities in India have confirmed that over 100 people have died following flooding in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.

A heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains have devastated the area over the past four days. Al Jazeera reports that at least 73 have passed away in Uttar Pradesh, with another 29 killed in Bihar.

"Many districts of the state have been affected by floods," Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told Al Jazeera.

"Heavy downpour has affected normal life in many districts. I have asked officials to extend help wherever needed. We have also shifted many people to relief camps, where the administration is looking after them."

The capital of Bihar, Patna, has received more than 200mm of rain since Friday and more is expected on Monday. Residents have been dealing with knee deep water in most parts of the city, with schools, hospitals and other amenities flooded.

According to India's Meteorological Department, nationally, rainfall for September is up 48% above normal.

Video and images on social media show flooded streets being navigated by boats and hospital beds virtually underwater.