Heavy Floods kill 26, displaced 100,000 in India


Heavy flooding in eastern India has killed more than 26 people, displacing more than 100,000 over the past week, government and aid officials said on Monday, while warning of more wet weather to come.

The floods were triggered by torrential monsoon rains across Orissa state, causing water levels to rise, sparking an operation which witnessed helicopters drop off emergency food packets to help the affected.

“We are face-to-face with yet another bitter flood that has claimed 18 lives with another six people reported missing,” Orissa’s disaster management minister Surya Narayan Patra told a foreign news agency.

He indicated the state government had evacuated tens of thousands of people from their waterlogged homes and was enacting relief measures to help a total of 1.7 million people affected by the floods.

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