Flash floods: At least 150 dead in Rajasthan
INDIA: At least 150 bodies have been recovered since last week
following flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in India's desert
state of Rajasthan, officials said Monday.
"In 11 districts of Rajasthan 150 bodies have been recovered so far,"
state public works minister Rajendra Singh Rathore told AFP.
The toll has risen sharply since Sunday as rescue workers continue to
find more bodies as flood waters fell in the normally drought-prone
area, where about 100 people were still missing.
The majority of the flood-related deaths occurred in Barmer district,
with local police chief N.R.K. Reddy saying the toll was expected to
The district, which experienced unusually heavy rains in the last 10
days, is near the border with Pakistan, or about 887 kilometres (549
miles) west of the Indian capital New Delhi. In more than a dozen
villages pools of water reached depths of 18 metres (30 feet), leading
state officials to ask the central government to send a task force to
examine how to help drain the water.
As many as 47,000 animal carcasses have been found raising fears of
water-borne disease in the region, Rathore said.
Earlier this month, hundreds were killed and more than 10 million
people in four states were affected by floods caused by monsoon rains
that sweep India from June to September and are crucial for the
farm-dependent economy. Western Gujarat state faced the brunt with its
diamond-polishing hub of Surat remaining under water for five days.
Barmer, Monday, AFP