Heavy rains wreak havoc in eastern and western parts of India, at least 100 dead

Incessant rains in Bengal, Odisha and north-eastern states have had crippling effect on people living in these parts of India. There are reports that the heavy downpour has killed as many as 47 people while affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

In West Bengal, train services have been badly hit with several areas of the city inundated with water. Deaths are being reported from across the state. A girl was reported to have been swept away by strong water currents in Murshidabad while a woman in Howrah’s Panchla died after her mud house caved in due to heavy rains.

Continuous rains in Bengal have rendered more than one lakh people homeless while damaging the crops in over two lakh hectares of farmland in rain-hit districts. The Met department has predicted more ‘heavy rainfall’ in the state.

In neighbouring Odisha too, the rains have wreaked havoc causing huge damages in several villages with Balasore being the worst affected. There are reports of at least five people being killed up until now.

Manipur and Mizoram too have been severely affected the fury of rains. On Saturday, at least 20 people were killed  after landslide hit at Zoumoal village under Khangbarol sub-division in Manipur. Relief and rescue operation by the NDRF was underway to help thousands of people who were still stranded. Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju is expected the the state on Monday.

Elsewhere in northeast, Mizroam too remained affected by the heavy downpour. Water in Chhimtuipui (Kaladan) river was at dangerous level on Saturday due to incessant rains but the locals say the situation was safe now.

The most affected state, so far, has been Gujarat, where at least 75 people are reported have died after heavy rains lashed the state causing flood-like situation and affecting lakhs of people in five districts. 28 of them have died just in one district Banaskantha.

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