Monsoon floods in Northern India have already affected more than seven million people. On Saturday?
Monsoon floods in Northern India have already affected more than seven million people. On Saturday (5 August) the Indian Army was called into Delhi and Punjab to help fight the floods, as the Jumma River continued to rise.
SYNOPSIS: The army's first task was to shore up the river banks. Stones were collected and then sealed in steel netting to be placed in the flood waters in an attempt to reduce the water current.
Army aid is in great demand. Military motor boats have been provided in some areas so flood control experts can be rushed from one breach to another. Severe damage to agriculture has already occurred in many areas, and quick draining is essential in order to save more crops. A call has gone out for 20,000 empty bags. They are to be filled with earth and used to build banks against the flood waters.
On Saturday (5 August) the weather forecast was bleak. The flood waters are expected to rise further. Forty million dollars worth of damage has already been done to property and crops. In some areas fodder has been destroyed completely and damage has been so severe that it may be difficult to sow the important kohlrabi vegetable crops. Flood levels has surpassed previous high levels this year. Farmers have reported that most of their fertiliser stocks have been lost.
Near Delhi, buildings have been severely damaged by the floodings. People tried to salvage personal belongings when the water current had slowed down. More than 260 people have lost their lives. Whole villages have been washed away.
Much of the livestock in the area has been saved - with farmers quickly making for the highest grounds.
People have salvaged all they could and used makeshift rafts and boats to leave their villages. More than 7,000 villages have been hit by the floods and troops are still called in to evacuate people who are marooned, and take them food and medicine. Officials announced that the civil emergency force was deploying hundreds of people to the affected areas to help in the flood control, and to distribute food to the victims.