For many parts of India, this year’s monsoon came late but has grown in severity over the last 7 days, leaving states across northern India suffering from floods and landslides.
Several days of torrential rain in river catchment areas in the Himalayas have also played their part in increasing river levels in India. Six Indian states across the Indian Himalayan Region have been affected, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Indian Himalayan Region
The Times of India are reporting that as many as 41 people have now died in the flooding in Uttar Pradesh that first began on 16 August (see our report here). Over 1,000 villages are said to have been affected after the Rapti and Ghaghara rivers burst their banks. The worst affected areas are the districts of Bahraich, Shravasti, Gonda, Balrampur, Lakhimpur, Barabanki, Sitapur, Faizabad and Azamgarh.
In Uttarakhand flash floods over the last 4 days have killed over 50 people, according to Zee News. The flooding situation has been more localised than other neighbouring states, and came as a result of torrential rain and runoff from mountains rather than overflowing rivers. However, local media have reported that levels of the Ganges in Haridwar were approaching flood stage.
Bihar saw mass evacuations in early August following the flood threat posed by the Sunkoshi river blockage in Nepal caused by the landslide in Sindhupalchowk district.
By 16 August further floods threatened after several of the rivers in the north of the state were overflowing. Latest reports indicate that 38,000 people have been evacuated, staying in 76 relief camps. The worst hit areas are; Patna, Gopalganj, East Champaran, Sheikhpura, Darbhanga, Nalanda, West Champaran, Supaul, Saharasa, Nawada, Sitamarhi, Khagaria and Muzaffarpur.
At least 10 people have died in the recent flooding. River levels have been showing signs of receding over the last 24 hours.
Several rivers in the state, especially the Brahmaputra, have all flooded. The worst affected areas of Assam include Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Sonitpur districts. As many as 35,000 people have been displaced by flooding over the last 4 days. At least 1 death has been reported.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast further heavy rain for Assam over the next 2 days.
Heavy rainfall has triggered landslides and floods in Arunachal Pradesh. Levels of the Lohit and Dibang rivers are dangerously high and wide areas of farmland have been inundated. Landslide have disrupted transport and communication and 2 people have died.
Jammu and Kashmir
At least one person has been killed in a landslide in Rajouri district of Jammu region after heavy rainfall. Seven people were washed away by the swollen Tawi river in Jammu city on Saturday 16 August 2014. All seven were rescued after a three hour long operation by police and army teams.
The districts of Reasi, Poonch and Udhampur have also been affected. Floods have destroyed crops in the region.
Nepal and Pakistan
The flooding in India comes just a few days after deadly floods first struck in Nepal, killing at least 105 people, with 136 still missing. Thousands of houses have been destroyed or inundated, leaving around 12,000 families are still living in temporary accommodation after the floods.
Floods have also affected parts of the northern Pakistan province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where at least 18 people have died.