Monsoon floods have ravaged upper India for the past six weeks, killing at least 280 people and directly affecting ten million more, according to statistics revealed in the past few days.
LS Abandoned refugee camp under flood (2 shots)
Refugees wade through floodwater with belongings (6 shots)
MS Refugees build new shelters on side of hard road
CU Man working on hut
MS PAN FROM Woman to huts along roadside
MS General activity between floods and road (5 shots)
MLS Huts along edge of road, boat in foreground
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Background: Monsoon floods have ravaged upper India for the past six weeks, killing at least 280 people and directly affecting ten million more, according to statistics revealed in the past few days. In the Nadia District of West Bengal, East Pakistani refugee camps have been swept away and the refugees have had to be moved to higher ground. The whole area is in grave danger, meanwhile, as many rivers continue to rise. The Indian Government has provided the refugees with 25,000 plastic sheets for use as emergency shelter, and contingency plane for emergency food rations are being carried out as flood waters have destroyed over one hundred million pounds (sterling) worth of crops in seven states.
SYNOPSIS: East Pakistani refugee camps in the Indian State of West Bengal have been flooded out by monsoon rains which have ravaged India for the past six weeks. At least 280 people have been killed by the floods, and ten million more have been directly affected in seven states, according to statistics released in the past few days.
The refugees have been moved to higher ground alongside main roads, and provided by the Indian Government with 25,000 plastic sheets for use as emergency shelter. Emergency food plans have been put into operation, as the floods have destroyed at least a hundred million pounds worth of crops. This particular area, the Nadia District of West Bengal, continues to be in grave danger as the any rivers there rise constantly.
Elsewhere, millions of people have been driven from their homes and hundreds of thousands of housed destroyed--and the monsoon season is not yet over.