Killer monsoon: Over 1,400 lives lost due to rains, floods across India

NEW DELHI, SEP 3 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/3/2018 12:28:44 PM IST

Over 1,400 people, including close to 500 in Kerala, have lost their lives due to rains, floods and landslides in 10 states so far in the monsoon season, the Union Home Ministry said Monday. 488 people have died, 15 are missing in Kerala floods and 54.11 lakh in 14 districts have been severely hit by rains and floods, the worst in a century, according to the ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC). 

As many as 14.52 lakh flood-displaced people are living in relief camps across the state. Standing crops on over 57,024 hectares of land were damaged in the southern state.

Meanwhile, an outbreak of water-borne diseases in Kerala has claimed seven lives since August 29, prompting the state government to issue an alert to the people to maintain extra vigil. Three people died of leptospirosis (rat fever) Sunday, health officials said adding number of fever cases were also on the rise.

As many as 254 people have died in Uttar Pradesh, 210 in West Bengal, 170 in Karnataka, 139 in Maharashtra, 52 in Gujarat, 50 in Assam, 37 in Uttarakhand, 29 in Odisha and 11 in Nagaland. 43 people have been missing -- 15 in Kerala, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, six in Uttarakhand and three in Karnataka, while 386 have been injured in rain-related incidents in the 10 states.

Rains and floods have hit 30 districts in Odisha, 26 districts in Maharashtra, 25 in Assam, 23 each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, 14 in Kerala, 13 in Uttarakhand, 11 each in Karnataka and Nagaland, 10 in Gujarat.

In Assam, 11.47 lakh people have borne the brunt of the rains and floods, which have also hit crops on 27,964 hectares of land. In West Bengal, the deluges have hit 2.28 lakh people and damaged crops on 48,552 hectares of land. In Uttar Pradesh, 3.42 lakh people have been impacted and crops on 50,873 hectares damaged. In Karnataka, 3.5 lakh population have been hit and crops on 3,521 hectares of land damaged. 

Meanwhile, in Nagaland the state government said it requires around Rs 800 crore immediately for the restoration of the damages caused by landslides and flash flood.

Home and State Disaster Management Authority, secretary, Rovilatuo Mor said the unprecedented series of disaster in Nagaland has affected at least 13.19 per cent of the total population of the state and severely affected 48,821 families in 532 villages while an area of 5,408.57 acres agricultural sector has also been impacted.Mor said that the series of disasters during this monsoon season have disrupted the roads in multiple locations, rendered many people homeless and damaged agriculture.

He said Kohima, Tuensang, Kiphire and Phek were the most affected. Tuensang, Kiphire and Phek were cut off from the rest of the state for about 15 days since the rains became incessant from the July 26, he said adding that about 359 locations of roads have been totally cut off sending the state into an SoS situation.

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