More than 100 people have been killed by heavy monsoon rains in India that has forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in relief camps.
In West Bengal, 48 people died in flood-related incidents. More than 2,00,000 people have moved to relief camps. According to the Home Ministry, nearly four million people in 10,000 villages have been affected by the floods in the worst-affected Indian state of West Bengal.
More than 200 medical teams using 120 boats have reached the flood-hit areas in an effort to prevent the outbreak of water-borne diseases.
In Rajasthan, 28 flood-related deaths have been reported. Rescue workers have evacuated nearly 10,000 people to higher ground there.
Around four million people living in 14 districts in the western state of Gujarat have been affected by floods after heavy rainfall in the last few days. At least five people have died in Odisha.
Calling the situation “beyond control”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said:
“The excessive rain for the past two days coupled with high tide and water released from Jharkhand and Odisha has rendered the flood situation in West Bengal beyond control. People in vulnerable areas should take shelter in relief camps to avoid untoward incidents.”
She also tweeted:
I have postponed my trip to N Bengal. Again heavy rainfall in Bengal, Jharkhand & Odisa and dams are at dangerous level 1/3
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 2, 2015
I have been monitoring the flood situation closely from the control room we set up in Nabanna 1/2
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 3, 2015