At least 27 people died, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, over the weekend, in accidents brought on by heavy monsoon rains, officials said today. Eleven of the state's 75 districts were affected by the flooding, with Shahjahanpur being the worst hit, reporting six deaths, according to state disaster management officials, in the regional capital, Lucknow.
"A total of 27 people died in the districts, on Saturday and Sunday; the toll might rise, as heavy rain has been reported overnight as well. Houses and walls collapse and electrocution were the primary cause of death," Rohit Sanwal, an official, staffing the control room, said.
A total of 541 houses were damaged. Choppers from the Indian Air Force carried out rescues of 14 people, stranded in the Lalitpur and Jhansi districts, he added. The Indian Meteorological Department forecast heavy rains in the state until Tuesday (tomorrow), raising fears of further flooding, with rivers flowing near their danger levels.
India's monsoon season, between Jun and early Oct, sees heavy rains that often cause widespread damage and destruction.
As many as 1,276 people have died in the country, during this year's rainy season, according to data released by the federal Home Ministry, last week.
More than 440 deaths were reported from devastating floods, in the southern state of Kerala, while Uttar Pradesh accounted for some 220 deaths.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK