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Incessant rains flood several parts of India

People with their belongings from flooded Diara areas near Patna, leaving for a safer place in Bihar, India. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India Aug 22, 2016, 08.44 AM (IST)
Persistent rains inundated several villages and settlements in parts of India, leaving hundreds of people stranded in the deluge.

In Allahabad city of northern Uttar Pradesh state, increased water levels of the Ganga river submerged several settlements on Sunday (August 21), forcing people to stay indoors.

Hundreds of people remained stranded in the affected areas even as rescue officials tried to reach out to them through boats.

Locals rued that local administration arrangements were not enough as they were now hit by food and water scarcity.

"Water levels are increasing rapidly and gradually residents are also getting worried and are not coming out of their houses. Many of the houses are submerged in water. People are stuck and so are animals, among whom many are dying. There are no arrangements here. Nothing much is happening. There are no arrangements. There are just boats ferrying people but there is no food or water here. There is no way to survive," said a local, Anuradha Tripathy.

In Vadodara district of western Gujarat State, around 150 villages were inundated after officials released seawater from an upstream dam on Sunday.

Officials have been closely monitoring the situation, keeping rescue teams on stand-by for carrying out evacuation operation, if the condition worsens.

"The water outflow from the Kadana dam is around 2.5-3 lakh cusecs. Water will keep receding. But based on the requirement we are still on alert in case a medical emergency surfaces in the Dabka village area, we will evacuate people from there," said a rescue official, Dharmendra Singh Rathod on Monday (August 22).

State authorities had earlier asked the villagers to evacuate their houses before channeling seawater through the Kadana dam. People, however, refused to leave their houses, farmlands and animals, leaving them stranded.

Flooding, an annual problem during the monsoon season, has been worsened by crumbling civic infrastructure, clogged drains and uncontrolled urban expansion in a country with a fast-growing population of 1.3 billion.

The June-September monsoon has so far delivered at least four per cent higher rainfall than average.

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