Over half a million people have been made homeless in India, after monsoon floods in the northern state of Haryana.
Over half a million people have been made homeless in India, after monsoon floods in the northern state of Haryana. And in the capital, Delhi, six people have been killed after buildings collapsed in the heaviest rains since 1964.
SYNOPSIS: Huge areas are under water. In the Union territory of Delhi alone, it is estimated that at least a quarter of a million acres of agricultural land are submerged. Two hundred villages are affected; the population once again have to cope with the extremes of the monsoon season.
The Indian Air Force has begun taking aerial photographs of the Union Territory, as part of anti-flood measures for the future. It's the first time the air force has been used in this way. Meanwhile, the army has been put on alert, in case the situation gets worse.
Officials have blamed the seriousness of the flooding, in part, on previous administrations, which, they say, neglected to provide proper drainage schemes. In this area alone, 50-thousand people are affected, many moving into temporary tented villages provided by the authorities.
Some people have found refuge in mosques and other large buildings unaffected by the floods, others make do in temporary shelters until the waters subside sufficiently for them to return to their homes. But this time, the Chief Executive Councillor of the area has promised that something will be done to prevent the terrible flooding every time the monsoons come round.