More than 1,600 dead in India’s heaviest monsoon in 25 years


Staff member
Oct 7, 2008

A man asks for help as he stands in floodwaters in a neighborhood in Patna, in the eastern state of Bihar, India.

The heaviest monsoon rains to lash India in 25 years have killed more than 1,600 people since June, government data showed on Tuesday, as authorities battled floods in two northern states and muddy waters swirled inside a major city.

The monsoon, which typically lasts between June and September, has already delivered 10 percent more rain than a 50-year average and is expected to withdraw only after early October, more than a month later than usual.

The extended rains have wreaked havoc, with northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states the worst hit in the latest spell of intense downpours, killing 144 people since last Friday, two officials said.

In Patna, Bihar’s riverside capital city that is home to around 2 million people, residents said they were wading through waist-deep water to buy essential items like food and milk.
Ranjeev Kumar, 65, a resident of Patna’s Ashiyana neighborhood, told Reuters by telephone that the entire area was stranded by the water.