Floods continue to inundate northern India and on Sunday (24 August) the situation was growing worse as the Ganges continued to rise in certain areas.
GV PAN From partially submerged temple PAN OVER river in flood.
SV Refugees passing in boat.
SV & GV Partially submerged abandoned car. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN From house submerged to roof across a submerged car to cattle moving through flood water.
SV PAN DOWN & TS Shuttered shops in flooded mainstreet. (4 SHOTS)
SV PAN DOWN From people on balcony to others wading through flood water. (2 SHOTS)
LV Flood waters around petrol pumps.
SV & CU People and belonging on tri-shaws, horses and carts, through water. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Floods continue to inundate northern India and on Sunday (24 August) the situation was growing worse as the Ganges continued to rise in certain areas. The death toll so far has reached 750 in the state of Uttar Pradesh alone. One fifth of the population of one hundred million in that state have been affected. In some districts the water is subsiding, but in Jaunpur the Gomti and Ganges Rivers have dealt the area a second wave of flooding.
SYNOPSIS: Nothing escaped the flood as the rivers swelled and over flowed the banks. Inundations, caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains this year in India, have hit eleven states in the country. But most devastation has occurred in the northern states.
In the district of Jaunpur. In Uttar Pradesh, the Ganges continued to rise.
Well over thirty thousand villages Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states have been flooded and at least eight thousand more are still under water. More than half a million homes have been partially or totally destroyed. Shops are closed and the inhabitants have been forced to leave the flooded areas for one of the fifty or more camps opened to house the homeless.
The death toll from the floods was swelled by an epidemic of cholera and gastro-enteritis as the flood waters washed out sanitation facilities.
The evacuation of residents in Jaunpur and other regions has been aided by troops who have rescued people marooned in villages. The flood victims take with them what they can carry. Their houses have collapsed or have been swept away, and no-one knows how many will eventually be able to return.