Friday, July 23, 2021

India monsoon: 110 dead after heavy rainfall in Maharashtra - BBC News

At least 110 people have been killed in landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rains in the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

The rains overwhelmed hundreds of villages, sweeping away houses and leaving residents stranded.

Rescue crews have been racing to evacuate survivors but many people are feared missing.

The Indian military has been helping the efforts, which have been hampered by difficult conditions.

The western state has recorded its heaviest spell of July rain for decades.

Many factors contribute to flooding, but experts say climate change caused by global warming makes extreme rainfall more likely.

On Friday Indian officials said most of the deaths had been caused by landslides and flooding in two districts.

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  1. Rescuers are scouring devastated parts of western India for survivors after heavy rains caused deadly floods.

    Tens of thousands of people have been moved out of affected areas, with record-breaking rainfall reported along parts of the coast.

    The states of Goa and Maharashtra have been badly affected, with many feared missing near the financial hub Mumbai.

    At least 136 people have died in Maharashtra, while in neighbouring Goa hundreds of homes have been damaged.

    Many factors contribute to flooding, but experts say climate change caused by global warming makes extreme rainfall more likely.

    Heavy rains and flooding have also hit western Europe and parts of China in recent weeks, while North America has grappled with scorching heatwaves.

    The monsoon season in India lasts from June to September each year.
    BBC

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