In the last week of August, Mumbai witnessed a record rainfall, the highest in a day in the month since 1997, leaving at least 5 dead and several injured or in distress.
It’s not just one Indian city — this monsoon has wreaked havoc the world over, unleashing death and devastation in a massive scale.
Hurricane Harvey in Texas, in the US, has taken the fatalities up to 60, as of Tuesday. The estimated number of the people and animals who were swept away from their homes and shelters is much higher.
In India, the rains this year have caused many deaths, many more have been displaced, and properties worth millions are destroyed.
The worst affected areas so far are Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Assam. However, the situation in Bihar is said to be improving, though it has still left a large number of humans and animals without shelter.
Here are some snapshots of the tragedy through the numbers, many of which are sourced from this report. All numbers are as of 31 August. As the situation unfolds, more deaths and losses are being reported each day.
OVER 1,000 HUMAN LIVES LOST
UTTAR PRADESH: 104
According to news agency PTI, the flood situation in Bihar is improving, but already at least 514 people are dead due to it, highest in any Indian state this year. As of 1 September, reports claim in Uttar Pradesh the death toll has crossed 104, while at least 157 lives have been lost in Assam.
Going by numbers from the news agencies, in Bihar, Araria district has witnessed 71 deaths, Sitamarhi 34, West Champaran 29, Katihar 26, Madhubani 22, East Champaran 19, Darbhanga 19, Madhepura 15, Supual 13, Kisanganj 11, Gopalganj 9, Purnea 9, Muzaffarpur 7, Khagaria 6, Saran 6, Saharsa 4 and Sheohar 4.
Whereas UP’s, Bahraich has clamied 15 lives, 9 in Barabanki 9, 5 in Gonda 5, 11 in Siddharthnagar 11, 8 in Maharanjganj 8 and 17 in Balrampur 17.
OVER 20 MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED
UTTAR PRADESH: 2 million
BIHAR: 17 million
ASSAM: 1 million
Over 17 million people in 19 districts in Bihar have been affected by the flood from a total of 187 blocks and 2,371 panchayats, a state Disaster Management Department release carried by NDTV said. But it also added that the number of relief camps had come down to 222.
In Uttar Pradesh over 2.8 million people are affected as raging waters of the rivers emanating from Nepal caused havoc in vast swathes of land. The death toll in the floods has reached 104 in the state, with 3,097 villages in 24 districts inundated and a population of over 2.8 million being affected.
In Assam, as per the ASDMA report, Morigaon was the worst hit with over 74,500 affected people, followed by Nagaon where nearly 48,000 people were hit by the deluge.
RELIEF FUNDS ALLOTTED
The Narendra Modi-led Central government has pledged to donate 500-crore relief funds to Bihar. He also announced ₹2 lakh ex gratia for the kin of the deceased and ₹50,000 to those injured in the floods from the PM’s Relief Fund, reported The Times of India.
The Madhya Pradesh government also announced ₹5 crore relief fund to the state. Extending much-needed support, film star Aamir Khan has donated ₹25 lakh to help people resettle. Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das had on 24 August announced a relief of ₹5 crore each to Bihar and Assam.
Under Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh, around ₹2.50 crore has been distributed as relief since several parts of the state drowned in the flood.
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