In India as the Ganges river rose again and threatened the devastated state of West Bengal with a second wave of floods troops were stationed at strategic points to assist in relief operations.
In India as the Ganges river rose again and threatened the devastated state of West Bengal with a second wave of floods troops were stationed at strategic points to assist in relief operations. The Ganges and the Jumuna river, together with several minor rivers have inundated huge areas across northern India in the worst floods for a century. Unofficial estimates put the death toll at more than 1,500. Although the waters have started receding over the state off Uttar, the Hindu holy town of Benares and other towns are still suffering badly.
SYNOPSIS: The flood waters bring with them death and destruction, Malaria and stomach diseases were rife and medical officers working round the clock to prevent at outbreak of cholera.
For the children the water provides a source for a play, but the losses have yet to be counted.
This is the main market of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. It is normally a crowded, bustling square, filled with people. In the Ballia district of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, where nearly 1,500 villages have been flooded and at least 22 people have died, marooned villagers were being picked up by a fleet of 400 rescue boats. The Central shopping area of Varnasi, formerly known as Benares, was reported to be under six feet (two metres) of water.
Many temples are flooded and cremation grounds, traditionally on the banks of the river, are totally lost under water. Reports from Indian newspapers say that the Janata Legislature Party (JLP) has postponed its elections till the next session because of the floods. The members of the Cabinet and the JLP executive have each donated a month's salary for flood relief.