INTRODUCTION: In India, about one and a half million people have been affected by floods in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
INDIA, PRADESH STATE
GV Flood waters in Uttar Pradesh, submerged crops
GV Cattle evacuated from flooded village
GV Telegraph poles down, workmen trying to repair
SV Flooded streets in Tundla town
GV People moving belongings to higher ground
GVs Doctor in village dispensing medication
GV Car park at railway station at Tundla, where people being evacuated
SCU AND SV People being evacuated (3 shots)
GV Tundla street
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In India, about one and a half million people have been affected by floods in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. At least 80 people were killed, mostly because of houses collapsing in the swirling flood waters. Thousands of villages were swamped, and the police and army have begun a major campaign to evacuate residents and provide relief supplies.
SYNOPSIS: The floods threatened the livelihood of thousands as crops disappeared beneath the water, perhaps never to recover. The people who farm here may need assistance in future. Cattle found it easier to escape, wading through the water to high ground. But they, too, will need food, and probably long before these flood waters subside.
The flooding also hit communications, blocking roads and railways, and bringing down telegraph wires. Teams were sent out to do repairs. Flood damage was not confined to the countryside. Streets in the town of Tundla were also awash.
Uttar Pradesh was not the only state to suffer. At least eight people drowned in West Bengal. Two children were killed in Bihar State, and at least 40,000 were marooned. And in the eastern state of Assam, rising floods severely disrupted oil drilling. But Uttar Pradesh was by far the worst state to suffer, The risk of disease added to the refugees' problems -- and doctors prescribed urgently needed medical supplies to queues of people waiting outside a flooded dispensary. Meanwhile, residents who had been evacuated from flooded village took refuge in a rest house in Tundla.
As the authorities fought to control the floods, a new danger became apparent, as water levels rose in the main rivers in the region. Teams of workers were ut plugging existing breaches in dykes and strengthening unbroken dykes -- anything to prevent the floods from getting worse.