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India: Floods and Landslides - Sep 2014

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Past
Countries
India
Disaster types
Flood
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Seasonal monsoon rains starting at the end of June 2014 triggered river overflows in India's north-eastern State of Assam, causing damage and evacuations (ECHO, 26 Jun 2014). Starting in mid-July, flooding in eastern India killed three people and forced thousands of families from their homes. Around 10,000 people were evacuated to cyclone shelters in Odisha state's worst-hit district of Jajpur after a major river burst its banks, flooding 30 villages. (Reuters, 22 Jul 2014) By 24 Jul, over 25,000 people had been affected in 42 villages across Assam in a second round of floods (Times of India, 24 Jul 2014).

In the beginning of September, heavy rain in Jammu and Kashmir caused severe flooding, the state’s worst in 50 years. Ten districts are heavily affected, almost 150 people reported dead, and a number of districts are not reachable yet. In the region of Jammu, landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have caused serious damages to infrastructure and agricultural land. The army has launched a major rescue operation and has reportedly rescued over 200,000 people. However, over 100,000 people are still marooned in their houses, with no access to food or clean water. (IFRC, 18 Sep 2014)