Floods


The death toll from flooding and landslides following heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is close to 600 at the moment.

More than 40,000 people are still stranded in what the government has described as a “national crisis”.

Officials have admitted a lack of co-ordination in the rescue effort.

Early monsoon rains in India this year are believed to be the heaviest in 60 years.

The rainy season generally lasts from June to September, bringing rain which is critical to farming. This year the rains began early and were heavier than normal. While this means that crops will be better, it also means flooding, diarrhoeal diseases, malaria, dengue and chikungunya.

Thousands are still missing in Uttarakhand, many of whom were on pilgrimage. Aid collections have begun with many charities sending supplies and workers down to assist.

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