In India the annual monsoon season has hit many areas more than a month early this year, catching both local authorities and villagers unprepared.
In India the annual monsoon season has hit many areas more than a month early this year, catching both local authorities and villagers unprepared. In the Delhi region one of the main rivers, the Jumna, has risen sharply and several villagers alongside its banks been completely flooded.
SYNOPSIS: This is the village of Hira Khurd in West Delhi, one of at least 17 villagers and towns affected by this year's floods. Each village has become a virtual island in the Jumna river, isolated from essential services. Flood relief boats from Delhi were put into service to rescue villagers who have been stranded and to take them to higher ground. In the meantime many local people wait for assistance at the highest vantage points available.
Weather department forecasts on Tuesday (11 July) said that the flood waters were expected to recede within two or three days. So far the situation has not reached the proportions of last year's floods, caused by the worst monsoons in 10 years, which left more than half a million people homeless. At that time officials said some of blame for the flooding had to be taken by previous administrations.
The officials alleged that provisions had not been made in the past for adequate drainage systems. During the crisis the area's chief Executive Councillor promised that more permanent measured would be taken for the future. For the moment the villagers and their livestock wait patiently on higher ground. This year in other parts of India, in particular the Assam state, flooding has also been serious -- destroying valuable paddy fields and annual crops.