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Monsoon toll: 1900 lives

Rain and floods this monsoon season affected more than 25 lakh in 22 states

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 5.10.19, 2:04 AM
  • Updated 5.10.19, 10:16 AM
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An aerial view of the flood-hit areas of Aluva in Kochi, Kerala (PTI)

Nearly 1,900 people lost their lives and 46 were reported missing this monsoon season in rain and floods which affected more than 25 lakh in 22 states, Union home ministry officials said on Friday.

Maharashtra accounted for the highest death toll at 382, followed by 227 in Bengal in rain, floods and landslides that hit as many as 357 districts in the country. A total of 1,874 people died in the country, an official said.

According to the official, 738 people were injured and nearly 20,000 animals were lost. The heavy rain and floods fully damaged 1.09 lakh houses, partially damaged 2.05 lakh houses and destroyed 14.14 lakh hectares of crops.

Although the monsoon remains active in a few parts of the country, the season officially ended on September 30. During the four-month period, India recorded the highest rainfall since 1994, according to the India Meteorological Department.

In Maharashtra, where 22 districts were hit by floods, 382 people died, 369 injured and 7.19 lakh people forced to seek shelter in 305 relief camps.

The monsoon rain and floods hit 22 districts in Bengal, where 227 people lost their lives, 37 received injuries, four were reported missing and 43,433 took shelter in 280 relief camps.

In Bihar, currently reeling under floods, 161 people lost their lives and 1.26 lakh have taken shelter in 235 relief camps following the deluge that hit 27 districts in the state.

As many as 182 people were killed, 38 were injured and seven have gone missing in Madhya Pradesh, where 32,996 people took shelter in 98 relief camps set up in 38 districts.

In Kerala, heavy rain and floods claimed 181 lives and injured 72. Fifteen people were reported missing in 13 districts. As many as 4.46 lakh people in the state took shelter in 2,227 relief camps.

Twenty-two districts in Gujarat were hit during the monsoon season. At least 169 people lost their lives, 17 suffered injuries while 17,783 people took shelter in 102 relief camps.

The rains and floods claimed 97 lives in Assam, where 32 districts were hit by the deluge that resulted in 5.35 lakh people taking shelter in 1,357 relief camps.