Monsoon fury claims 130 lives across India
25 June 2007, New Delhi: Heavy rains lashed most of central and southern parts of India in the first phase of monsoon rains this year. Media reports indicate that 130 people have died in the downpour across the country.
Torrential rain hit Maharashtra, particularly Mumbai and its neighbouring areas, and Karnataka. There was little respite in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, where monsoon has been active over the past week.
In Andhra Pradesh, 41 deaths have been reported and hundreds of villages were washed away in the worst affected areas. Roads are inundated and communication lines cut off. The worst affected areas are Mahboobnagar, Prakasam, Krishna, Guntur, East Godavari and Srikakulum districts.
The Army joined civil authorities in rescuing people from Kurnool district, where nearly 100,000 people were evacuated and lodged in 95 relief camps.
In Karnataka, the death toll went up to 39, as incessant rains continued in Belgaum, Bijapur, Raichur, Gulbarga, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts.
In Kerala, 43 people had died and thousands displaced because of heavy rain. Hundreds of families are taking shelter in relief camps. Besides large-scale devastation, power supply has been hit badly. Road traffic is yet to be restored in many places.
In Mumbai, India, at one least one person was killed as around 300mm of monsoon rains flooded homes and streets. Water was waist deep in many low-lying neighbourhoods.
The monsoon set over southern India earlier this month and more rain is expected in the region over the coming weeks. Heavy rains are forecast over central and southern parts during the next 48 hours according to the Indian Meteorological Department prediction.
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