(Calcutta) Eleven people have died in East India after torrential rains swept away homes and caused landslides, bringing the country’s monsoons to more than 230, authorities said on Saturday.
Posted on Jul 31, 2021 at 10:29 am
The torrential rains that swept through the country hit the state of West Bengal (east) and caused widespread destruction.
Four people were electrocuted after rain infiltrated their homes in Howrah town and North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal minister of disaster management Javed Khan told AFP.
Seven people died when their home was flooded, he added, and several more are still missing.
In neighboring Jharkhand, dozens of underwater cars littered the water after five days of heavy rain.
Experts believe that the intensity and frequency of the monsoon rains, which take place annually in India from June to September, are exacerbated by climate change.
The state of Maharashtra (west) was hit by heavy rains and landslides in July, which poured floods of mud over the villages, killing at least 200 people.
The states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (north) were also badly affected.
Seven people were killed in a landslide in Himachal Pradesh this week, and seven more died in a severe storm that swept over the remote village of Honzar in Kashmir, India.
Tourists have been stranded in these two states where landslides have made major roads impassable.