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Flooding in India kills 96, displaces 1 million

People are forced to stay into camps as flood damaged their land and homes

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 3 2016 2:43PM | Updated Date: Aug 3 2016 5:31PM

Flooding in India kills 96, displaces 1 million

Monsoon floods killed and displace people across India. The death toll increased due to flooding from heavy monsoon rains in India. The death toll climbed up to 90, with about a million people taking shelter in government-run relief camps.


Incessant downpours have damaged swaths of land, uprooted trees and snapped telephone cables in dozens of districts in India. People have commute through a flooded road after heavy rains. Districts in Bihar, Assam, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are affected the most.


A total of 96 people have been killed in the flooding in the three states over the past week, according to state officials. At least 17 rare one-horned rhinos have been killed due to the flooding in Assam's Kaziranga National Park, said Pramilla Rani Brahma, the state's forest and environment minister.


Landslides and heavy rains also blocked highways leading to Tibet and Manali, with hundreds of people stranded for several hours before rescuers cleared the way.


In Bihar state, around 260,000 flood victims were taking shelter in more than 400 relief camps set up by the state government. In Assam, some 3.8 million people have been affected by the floods, according to state authorities. More than 700,000 have taken shelter in 770 relief camps.