Patna: Rescue operations are underway as the number of people stranded by floods from torrential monsoon rains and glacial snowmelt climbed to 12 million across north India, officials said.
Bihar, where flood waters have affected almost seven million people, and Assam were among the worst affected states.
“A total of 6.89 million people are reeling under the effects of the floods,” said Satish Chandra Jha, the top officials from Bihar’s relief and rehabilitation department.
Over 3,000 villages have been waterlogged and nearly 1,000 people have died since the onset of monsoon rains in June, according to a tally compiled from officials and media reports.
Several rivers have burst their banks in the north of impoverished Bihar state while in other parts dams have been forced to discharge brimming water.
According to NGO Oxfam, llack of clean drinking water could spark widespread waterborne illness.
Meanwhile, at least 25 people have died due to the floods in Bihar in the past week, and the figure could rise. Officials are also grappling to provide relief in northeastern Assam, where 5.5 million people have been displaced by floods.
According to Assam CM, Tarun Gogoi, “Relief and rescue workers are working on a war footing. Baby food and water purifying tablets were being dispatched, but people stranded in Senimari village, just 75 kilometres (47 miles) east of Assam’s main city, Guwahati, told AFP they had yet to see either.
In the capital New Delhi, a night of heavy rain left many parts of the city under several feet of water, causing traffic chaos. Flooding across north and northeast India claimed more than 150 lives in July, most of them in the last week, including 39 in Uttar Pradesh.