India Floods Update 2013

It’s difficult to keep up with all the floods that have caused so much chaos across India since the start of this year’s monsoon floods that first began in earnest on 15th June 2013. The floods have been coming thick and fast since the terrible events in Uttarakhand first hit the headlines back in June 2013.

Since then numerous Indian states have suffered, including Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Jammu Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar.

Reports in the Indian media now state that as many as 5 million people have been affected by the floods in the Indian steta of Bihar. 132 people are believed to have died in floods in Bihar this year.

Figures for each flood event seem to vary. Figures from the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) state:

  • In Gujarat 17,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Bharuch district and 6 people died in floods there during August
  • In Odisha floods affected around 250,000 people, mostly in the norther parts of the state. 3 people were reported as killed in flood related events
  • Floods in Madhya Pradesh resulted in 134 deaths and nearly 40,000 people affected
  • 230 people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh floods and as many as 250,000 affected

The website Down to Earth appear to have slightly different figures but which paint an equally striking picture. Down to Earth recently included a useful map with relevant flood and rainfall data that helps give a better understanding of the number and severity of flood events experienced in India since June this year.

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Map of flood events in India June to August 2013

Map credit: Down to Earth