India Monsoon Floods June 2013

The monsoon has arrived, and with it floods and chaos in some areas in India. India’s monsoon season lasts from around June to September and is usually long-awaited after a long dry period, especially by India’s agricultural sector. However,the monsoon rains often bring with them flooding and hardship for many. M Duraisamy of India’s MET Department said:

“Yesterday monsoon covered whole India. On 15th monsoon covered EastUttar Pradesh & 16th morning it covered whole north-west India,”

Mumbai is said to be suffering from some flooding, but so far only transport systems have been reported as affected including rail services being suspended for nearly 4 hours the Central and Harbour Line services were suspended for nearly four hours due to flooding on railway tracks, leading to delays and cancellation of most scheduled services.

New Delhi
On 16th June, Indira Ghandi International Airport in New Delhi was flooded afeter 4 hours of heavy rain. It was mostly Terminal 3 that was affected, and also the Metro Station. Some flights were delayed on Sunday as a result.

Pune, a city with a population of over 3 million, in the state of Maharashtra also suffered from heavy rainfall, with around 7.5cm falling on Sunday 16th June. The city lies on the right bank of the Mutha river. Three people have been reported killed after a wall collapsed due to the heavy rains. Transport has been disrupted and there have been reports of electricity failure in some parts of the city.

Haryana, the state in north India also endured heavy rains overnight, leaving 52 villages stranded in a tract of land near Lapra village by the river Yamuna. The levels of the river are reaching record figures and are hampering rescue attempts.

There are reports of at least 10 people dead and 50 missing in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand as a result of flooding there. Landslides are the most likely reason for the deaths. Heavy rai and ensuing high river levels also resulted in bridges collapsing, leaving people stranded. Houses in the areas have also collapsed, again as a result of landslides. Parts of Uttarakhand are hilly, making some of the towns more prone to landslides during flash floods such as those brought by the monsoon rains. The Indian army has been deployed to help with flood relief in Uttarakhand.

NDTV reports:

The rain has caused havoc in Kedarnath Valley, one of the four Hindu pilgrim spots (Char Dham) in Uttarakhand, where more than 100 houses have reportedly collapsed due to landslide. Reports say 10 people have been killed and more than 50 others are missing. Reports also say that nearly 30,000 pilgrims are stranded in the valley because of landslides.

There is some shocking footage of concrete buildings collapsing in Uttarakhand in the video below:

A further video gives an overview of the current flood situation in India:

Sources: BBC; NDTV

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