In India and other parts of Asia, this year's monsoons have triggered major floods, and in parts of India they are the worst for many years.
In India and other parts of Asia, this year's monsoons have triggered major floods, and in parts of India they are the worst for many years. Reuters estimates about two million people are homeless, and hundreds dead. In Delhi the floodwaters pose a major threat to the national capital.
SYNOPSIS: The swollen Jumuna River has displaced thousands of Delhi residents, and cut road and rail links between the capital and the rest of the country. Over a wide area of northern india, the rampaging Jumuna and Ganges rivers produced flash floods which have inundated more than 120 villages. Reuters quotes estimates that the floods are the worst this century.
In Some areas where the water is deepest, only two-story buildings are visible, and the Press Trust of India has quoted official sources saying that they had been scores of bodies floating in the flood-waters. Others more fortunate escape by taking to roof-tops and trees. The army has helped evacuate about 200,000 people from villages on the outskirts of Delhi. But many have to make their own way to higher own way to higher ground, and some complain there has not been enough aid. An angry crowd in West Bengal demanded more boats and food.
Some resettlement camps have been flooded, forcing the refugees to move a second time. Dysentery is being treated, and cholera is feared.