Over 180 dead, 10mn affected as floods wreak havoc in 5 states

- Published: 04 August 2015
Over 180 dead, 10mn affected as floods wreak havoc in 5 states

More than 180 people have lost their lives and nearly 10 million affected by floods in West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Manipur and Odisha.


West Bengal

The toll is the highest in West Bengal, where 70 people have died so far in flood-related incidents, including lightning strikes, wall collapses, electrocution and drowning.

A total of 2,213 relief camps have been set up for about five million people and 234 boats deployed for rescue and relief operations in West Bengal.


In Gujarat, 71 people died due to floods in 14 districts where 4 million people were affected. More than a million food packets have been airdropped or distributed to flood victims.


In Manipur, 23 people died and thousands rendered homeless by the floods have taken shelter in safe places and relief camps. Twenty people were swept away by a landslide in Chandel district.

Several villages in Manipur were inundated on Tuesday by fresh downpours and the national highway linking state capital Imphal and the border town of Moreh was cut off by landslides.

Thoubal, Chandel, Bishnupur and Imphal West districts were under flood water as the situation in the region remained unchanged, sources in the state irrigation and flood control department said.


The floods in northern Odisha eased as waters receded from villages. "Water from all villages which were marooned due to recent floods has been cleared, as reported by the district collectors," said Special Relief Commissioner GVV Sarma.

Waters of the Subarnarekha, Baitarani and Budhabalang rivers had affected five districts in north Odisha. Sarma said the recent floods affected about 479,000 people in 97 villages in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore district and five people died.

A total of 1574 people were evacuated by rescue and relief teams. Seven relief camps were set up and 132 boats pressed into service for rescue operations.

Source: hindustantimes.com