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Thousands evacuated in western India

Thousands evacuated in western India

Flooding caused by annual monsoon rains have killed eight people in recent days, and forced the evacuation of tens and thousands of others in western and southern India, officials said yesterday.
The latest string of deaths were in the western state of Maharashtra, where some 80,000 people have been forced from their homes by flood waters. Another 50,000 have been evacuated in the state of Gujarat, which lies just north of Maharashtra, and there were reports of flooding in the southern state of Karnataka.
Reports from local officials in various parts of India indicated that at least 340 people have died in this year's monsoon, which runs from April to September. But an accurate national death toll is not kept, and the total number of people killed across India is likely much higher.


Updated : 2021-10-21 07:46 GMT+08:00