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India: More than 60 deaths from monsoon rains


Landslides, floods and collapsing houses: In the north of India, many people have lost their lives as a result of the continuing heavy monsoon rains.

In heavy rains during the monsoon season, more than 60 people have died in northern India. "Most deaths were caused by collapsing homes," said Shakti Verma of the Uttar Pradesh State Emergency Services. Other people had been killed by lightning or drowned in the floods.

Since Thursday sweeping storms with heavy rains and thunderstorms over the north of India. They overturned trees and electricity pylons, covered roofs and destroyed makeshift shelters. The Hindu pilgrimage cities of Varanasi and Prayagraj were hit particularly hard.

Uttar Pradesh state governor Yogi Adityanath ordered the local rescue services to take care of the injured. He promised the relatives of the deaths 400,000 rupees (about 5,000 euros).

The monsoon season in South Asia usually lasts until September. Although the rain is vital for agriculture - it also always causes great damage. From June to September 24, more than 1,600 people have died as a result of bad weather, according to the Indian Ministry of the Interior. The authorities in the western state of Maharashtra reported 21 deaths from severe weather in Pune County on Friday.

Source: zeit

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