At least 52 dead, millions affected as floods inundate eastern India

At least 52 people were killed as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's eastern states, officials and news reports said Saturday.

Federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who toured the worst-hit areas in the north-eastern state of Assam, said 26 rain-related deaths had been reported in a week.

"The situation is grim. No efforts are being spared to help people, but we need an action plan to deal with such a serious flood situation," Singh told reporters in the state capital Guwahati.

State disaster management authorities said an estimated 2 million people were affected, including being displaced, stranded in their homes, or suffering damage to their crops, land or livelihood.

Soldiers were rescuing villagers from low-lying and inundated areas.

Floods were ravaging the eastern state of Bihar as well, where 26 people had died and 2.2 million people were affected, with many rivers flowing above the danger mark, broadcaster CNN-IBN reported.

Tens of thousands of flood victims have been moved to more than 350 relief camps. More rain has been forecast in the flood-hit regions over the next few days, and authorities said they had requested help from the army.

Last update: Sat, 30/07/2016 - 18:58
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