Swollen rivers add to India's flood woes
Waters from swollen rivers in neighbouring Nepal have begun gushing into India's eastern hinterlands raising flood fears, officials said Wednesday, even as the death toll from a heatwave searing southern parts of the country rose further.india Updated: Jun 12, 2003 15:55 IST
Waters from swollen rivers in neighbouring Nepal have begun gushing into India's eastern hinterlands raising flood fears, officials said Wednesday, even as the death toll from a heatwave searing southern parts of the country rose further.
Despite the cooling influence of pre-monsoon rains across the country, an official in Andhra Pradesh said Wednesday nine people had died in Krishna district, bringing the toll in the state to 1,421 and the national toll to 1,533.
"Pre-monsoon showers have started cooling down Andhra Pradesh but it will remain horribly hot and humid here until the monsoons arrive next week," warned C.V.V. Bhadram, director of the Hyderabad meteorological office.
The southwest monsoons, meanwhile, reached India's northeastern and Kerala and Tamil Nadu at the weekend and these areas have been receiving heavy rains since then, officials said.
Bihar and Jharkhand have also been drenched by heavy downpours and Bihar is facing the prospect of flash floods.
The Koshi, Kamala and Balan rivers that flow into Bihar from the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal are already bursting their banks, state administrative official Rajendra Ram told AFP.
"Road links to a dozen villages in Biraul block in Bihar's Darbhanga district have been snapped by overnight flooding," added Ram.
Bihar is ravaged annually by floods from rivers that emanate in Nepal and traverse through the length of the state.