India Monsoon Flooding Death Toll Climbs

NEW DELHI—The head of a village on India’s west coast was celebrating his birthday last 7 days when a number of neighborhood boys ran to his home with a information: The river that flowed by way of the village was so superior that properties were remaining swept away from the banks.

Around the earlier 7 days, hefty monsoon rains lashed the point out of Maharashtra, triggering scenes of devastation and killing at least 150 people today, according to neighborhood federal government officials. Mudslides flattened villages and streets turned into rivers that cut off obtain to villages.

Following remaining summoned by the boys, the village head, Somnath Digambar Ozarde, rushed to the river and noticed people today trying to rescue their neighbors, he reported. He approximated the river was 25 to 30 feet higher than typical.

“This is the largest flood we have seen in 100 to 200 several years,” he reported. “Even our dad and mom and grandparents say they haven’t seen everything like this in their lifetimes.”

Flooding and landslides aren’t unusual all through India’s monsoon time. In 2019, 950 people today died in India because of floods and 264 died in landslides, according to the most new details out there from the Indian federal government.