Monsoon Disasters

Our friend Anshu Gupta of Goonj oft repeats that every day thousands of people die in India and none of it makes headlines.

For those of you who do not follow the media reports in South Asia, floods in various parts of India and Pakistan have resulted in death and massive destruction.  A few examples:

  • At least eight people have been killed and about one million left homeless in over 1,500 villages in northern Orissa due to flash floods triggered by torrential rains over the last five days.
  • At least 22 people have died in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan, where over 6,000 people have been affected by flooding in villages near Bilara town for four days.
  • 7 people died last week in Kolkata when their huts collapsed due to heavy rains.
  • A total of 63 people have died in the state of Gujarat and over 6,600 people have been moved to safer ground.  The death toll of the endangered Black Buck near Velavadar National Park in Bhavnagar is up to 166.
  • Since the onset of the monsoon, 155 people have been killed in the state of Maharashtra, with over 5,000 people affected.
  • Over 250,000 people have been affected by the cyclone and rains in Balochistan, with over 100,000 left homeless and the death toll up to 160; over 150 people are still missing.

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