India flooding

Updated: 9/8/2018 3:11:15 AM
Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued and officials pleaded for more help from relentless monsoon floods that have partially submerged the southern Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week.
Heavy rains hit parts of the state again Saturday morning, slowing attempts to deploy rescuers and get relief supplies to isolated areas. Many have seen no help for days and can only be reached by boat or helicopter.
More than 300,000 people have taken shelter in over 1,500 state-run relief camps, officials said. But authorities said they were being inundated with calls for assistance, local media reported.
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Updated: 9/7/2018 3:42:52 AM
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres cited the devastating floods in Kerala and the raging wildfires in California to seek action to prevent greater climate-related crises and warned that climate change was “running faster than we are”.
“Climate change is running faster than we are. The impacts are devastating, and it is usually the poorest and the most vulnerable who are hit first and worst by storms, floods, droughts, wildfires and rising seas,” Guterres said at the launch of the 2018 New Climate Economy report here on Wednesday.

The southern Indian state witnessed the worst flooding in 100 years. About 80 dams had overflowed and more than 370 lives lost. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that a total of 1.2 million people affected by floods had been housed in 3,314 relief camps in the state.
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Updated: 9/2/2018 4:29:36 AM
More than 200 people were rescued on Friday, August 31, following flooding on the Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam states in northeastern India. The states went on high flood alert on the evening (local time) of Thursday, August 30. National and state disaster relief personnel assisted the evacuation of 200 people from low-lying areas in Assam state, while Indian Air Force rescuers saved 19 people stranded on an island in Arunachal Pradesh.
Other rivers that are affected include the Beki (Barpeta district, Assam), Jiabharali (Sonitpur district, Assam), and the Bhramaputra. Nagaland and three districts in Meghalaya have also issued alerts as of Saturday, September 1. On Sunday, September 2, water levels on the Siang were receding, though infrastructure may remain damaged and transportation disruptions are possible in the near future.
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Updated: 9/2/2018 3:06:41 AM
Flood-battered Kerala has sounded a high alert for leptospirosis (rat fever) after the water-borne disease claimed 28 lives in a month, with at least nine coming in the last one week.
The state health department has sounded an alert and sought more medicines from the Union health ministry.
The possibility of contracting rat fever, a zoonotic disease (that transmits from animals to humans), is high during flooding as urine from infected rat or other rodents can contaminate water and pass on to human beings easily, according to experts, who added that the aged and those suffering from kidney or liver ailments were the easy targets. Its symptoms include high fever, headache, chills, abdominal pain and rashes.
Three relief workers were among the dead. At least 300 suspected cases were reported from the state in the last three days, said a senior health official.
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Updated: 8/31/2018 3:05:22 AM
After massive floods ravaged Kerala, the situation seems grim in North East India as over 12 have died so far in Nagaland due to landslides and flash floods. Assam and Arunachal Pradesh remain on high alert due to heavy rainfall in upper riparian China.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) has, however, said that the situation should not create panic as an increase in China's Tsangpo river should not inflict very severe damages on the Indian side, even as it asked the states to remain vigilant.
Major roads, including NH-29 was severely damaged, while landslides isolated several villages from the mainland. At least 4,000 families have been evacuated so far by the state disaster response authorities, with the state government seeking more help from Centre to carry out relief operations. The worst-affected areas included state capital Kohima, Tuensang, Wokha, and Dimapur.
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Updated: 8/29/2018 1:47:07 AM
Nearly 400 people have died and 800,000 have been forced from their homes amid the worst flood to hit Kerala in a century.
Kerala received over 40 per cent more rain than it typically does during monsoon season, officials said. The rainfall stressed dozens of dams in the region, forcing authorities to release some of the water they were holding back.
The flooding has caused at least US$3 billion in damage, the state’s finance minister says.
Rapid deforestation and unplanned development left Kerala vulnerable to flooding, according to Chandra Bhushan, of the Centre for Science and Environment think tank.
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Updated: 8/27/2018 7:52:24 AM
As many as 1,276 people have lost their lives, including 443 in Kerala, due to rains, floods and landslides in eight states during the monsoon season so far, the Home Ministry said today.
As many as 218 people have died in Uttar Pradesh, 198 in West Bengal, 166 in Karnataka, 139 in Maharashtra, 52 in Gujarat, 49 in Assam and 11 in Nagaland. Thirty-seven people have also been missing - 15 in Kerala, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal and three in Karnataka, while 349 have been injured in rain-related incidents in the states.
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Updated: 8/16/2018 1:31:41 AM
The death toll in Kerala has climbed to 72 as the state is reeling under one of the worst floods in history. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had once again called PM Modi on Thursday to seek more aid considering the situation. He also sought for additional Army personnel and helicopters. For the first time in history, the state has opened 35 of its 39 dams. Meanwhile, operations at the Cochin International Airport have been suspended till 2 pm on Saturday due to flooding in and around the airport. A red alert has been issued in all the 14 districts of the state.
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Updated: 8/13/2018 6:02:36 AM
At least 37 people have died since heavy monsoonal rains first struck the state of Kerala on Wednesday, the state's relief commissioner P.H. Kurian told CNN on Sunday.
The area, located on the tropical Malabar Coast, is famed for its network of idyllic waterways.
Another 40,000 people living in low-lying areas have now been evacuated to 350 relief camps, as the downpour caused landslides and overflowed reservoirs.
"Our state is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc," explained Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a statement Friday.
"For the first time in history, 27 dams in the state had to be opened. Never before has the state witnessed a calamity of this scale," the minister added.
CNN's reported
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Updated: 8/12/2018 2:30:05 AM
India's state of Kerala is on high alert after worst floods in almost 100 years continue taking lives.
8 of Kerala's 14 districts are on high alert as the death toll reached 37, officials said August 11. They described the floods as the worst in almost 100 years. However, they might soon become the worst in history.
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Updated: 8/12/2018 2:23:07 AM
According to data provided by India's National Emergency Response Center, heavy monsoon rains and floods they caused since the start of the 2018 Southwest Monsoon season have claimed lives of more than 570 people. Floods have affected millions of people and destroyed thousands of homes. 13 persons are still missing.
The worst affected is Maharashtra with 139 casualties, followed by Kerala with 126 deaths, West Bengal with 116, Uttar Pradesh with at least 77, Gujarat with 52 and Assam with 34.
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Updated: 8/7/2018 2:09:11 AM
ASDMA also said the flood waters have overrun 153 villages in six districts - Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Charaideo and Darrang. At least 2,000 marooned people in Golaghat district have been rescued by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) which pressed into service 14 boats.
At least 400 houses in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Sivasagar and Charaideo districts were completely damaged, while another 277 partially destroyed by the swirling waters.
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Updated: 8/6/2018 2:14:01 AM
A fresh wave of flooding in the north east Indian state of Assam began on 02 August, 2018. This follows an earlier wave of flooding that began in June which left over 30 people dead and 200,000 displaced.
Around 90,000 people have been affected in 9 districts since 02 August, with 3 people dead and around 25,000 displaced. The Dhansiri river in Golaghat district has exceeded its previous highest ever flood level by almost 30 cm.
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Updated: 7/30/2018 8:38:13 AM
According to data provided by India's National Emergency Response Center, heavy monsoon rains and floods they caused since the start of the 2018 Southwest Monsoon season have claimed lives of more than 570 people. Floods have affected millions of people and destroyed thousands of homes. 13 persons are still missing.
The worst affected is Maharashtra with 139 casualties, followed by Kerala with 126 deaths, West Bengal with 116, Uttar Pradesh with at least 77, Gujarat with 52 and Assam with 34.
At least 70 people were killed and another 77 injured since Thursday, July 26 in Uttar Pradesh. Most of the deaths were caused by the collapse of roofs and walls of houses. The western districts of Sahranpur, Meerut and Muzaffarpur were worst affected, Suresh Gautam, an official at Disaster Management Control in the state capital of Lucknow said.
On July 30, Delhi authorities expressed fears a flood-like situation due to heavy rains and the rising levels of Yamuna river. Old Yamuna bridge has been shut down for use by both railways and general traffic and the 1.31 lakh cusecs of water released from Hathnikund barrage, Haryana on July 28, will make things worse as it reaches Delhi. Over 1000 families have been evacuated from Delhi's low-lying areas of Pandav Nagar and Akshardham which reiterates the growing possibility of flooding in the capital city.
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Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Record-breaking rains have hit parts of the Indian state of Karnataka over the past 24 hours, with up to 366.5 mm of rain within 24 hours. The Southwest Monsoon has now covered entire Kerala, most parts of Coastal Karnataka, some parts of South Interior Karnataka and some more parts of interior Tamil Nadu on May 30. It has also advanced further into some parts of central Arabian Sea. At least 3 people have been killed on May 29 and 30.

Panambur in Mangalore, an Arabian Sea port and a major commercial center in the Indian state of Karnataka, received record-breaking 334 mm of rain within 24 hours, May 30, breaking the previous record of 330.8 mm set in 1982.
Normal rainfall for the month of May for Mangaluru is 168.6 mm.

The highest rainfall was recorded in Chelairu, Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore at 366.5 mm over the same period.

The rains started around 09:00 IST and turned out to be a deluge after just a few hours, leaving many people trapped in their homes, shops and vehicles. Within an hour, low-lying areas started getting water-logged and it extended to other places which never witnessed floods in the history, TOI report states.

Emergency teams from Mangaluru fire service said they rescued over 500 people from the flooding in Mangaluru.
Local media reported that at least 3 people have been killed.

"Progressing at a steady pace, the Southwest Monsoon has now covered entire Kerala, most parts of Coastal Karnataka, some parts of South Interior Karnataka and some more parts of interior Tamil Nadu on May 30. It has also advanced further into some parts of central Arabian Sea," SkyMetWeather meteorologists said.

With good rain and thundershowers going on over northeastern parts of the country, the weather conditions are now favorable for the eastern arm of the Monsoon to make onset into some states of Northeast India in the next 48 hours.

Now, with the well-marked low in the Arabian Sea getting less marked, the western arm of Monsoon would now take some time to progress. But with another cyclonic circulation likely to form in the Bay of Bengal, Monsoon would move in another 48-72 hours and cover some parts of South Peninsula. The likely system would increase rainfall over interior Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
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India flooding Facts

Power: 5
Affected Area: 200 km.
Alert Level: Red
Category: Met
Response: Execute
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 1649
Injured: 377
Evacuated: 2104200
Affected: 2300000

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