At least 40 dead as floods hit central, eastern India
Aug.22, Lucknow: At least 40 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern India, according to officials on Monday.
Days of heavy rain have caused the Ganges River and its tributaries to rise above the danger level during the past 48 hours in about 20 districts of the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, reports said.
Officials said at least 17 people have died in Madhya Pradesh, 14 in Bihar and nine in Uttar Pradesh because of drowning, electrocution or injuries from collapsed houses.
In the city of Allahabad, water from the Ganges entered many residential areas, forcing people to move to safer areas. About 12,000 people were evacuated from low-lying surrounding villages, a government statement said.
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