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Rajasthan floods claim 85 lives

In the desert town of Barmer alone, 50 people have died and 800,000 people have been severely affected.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 17:43 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

This year's unusual floods in Rajasthan have so far claimed the lives of 85 people, including 50 in the desert town of Barmer where 800,000 people have been severely affected and thousands of cattle drowned.

However, media reports claim 300 people have died in the floods in the state, and the number of those dead in Barmer alone is 200.

Relief Minister Kirori Lal Meena said on Saturday: "We have suffered a loss of over Rs.17 billion."

"Thirty six people in Malva village of Barmer district are reportedly missing. We have sought divers of the Indian Navy to help locate missing persons," the minister said.

He said some of the villages in Barmer district are still marooned under 20-25 feet of water and efforts were being made to drain out the water from these villages.

Barmer, which on an average receives 277 mm of rains a year, has this time received 577 mm of rainfall so far. Of its two million population, 800,000 have been affected due to the rains.

Houses and property in the desert town have been badly damaged and 45,000 cattle have perished in the floods, officials said. As per unconfirmed reports, 5,200 houses have been damaged and agriculture crop worth Rs300 million has been ruined.

First Published: Aug 26, 2006 14:19 IST