Floods which have devastated thousands of acres in southern Punjab, north India, Aug 31 reached the town of Rohtak, only 50 miles north of Delhi.
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Background: Floods which have devastated thousands of acres in southern Punjab, north India, Aug 31 reached the town of Rohtak, only 50 miles north of Delhi. The flooding, caused by torrential rains, is claimed as the worst in this part of India since records were begun 90 years ago, and has already led to the deaths of at least 50 people.
There has been severe damage to crops - a serious blow to India with its constant fight to produce more food for its needy masses. Rail services have been completely disrupted and road transport has also been badly affected. Hundreds of homes have been flooded.
In an effort to save one of the railway lines in the area, teams of voluntary workers from nearby villages and towns have been helping to dig and pile earth along the sides of the railway embankment.
In eastern India also - in Orissa state - there has been severe and extensive flooding. 28 deaths are reported, and widespread damage. The floods are the worst ever known in the area, but are now beginning to recede.