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Hundreds of thousands hit by floods in India

Hundreds and thousands of people have been affected by torrential rain and flooding in northern and eastern India.

INDIA: Hundreds and thousands of people have been affected by torrential rain and flooding in northern and eastern India. The situation in the northern province of Uttar Pradesh remains critical, with floods affecting over 400,000 people. More rain is also forecast in the region and neighbouring Uttarakhand, resulting in new flood warnings.

At least 28 people have reportedly lost their lives across 500 districts in Uttar Pradesh. The release of water from overflowing dams in neighbouring Nepal also added to the impact of the downpours.

The neighbouring flood-prone state of Uttarakhand has also been affected. Nearly 16 villages remain flooded and over 30,000 people are trapped by the incessant rain.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state on Sunday (Aug 17) to assess the situation. He said: "The state government will submit proposals to the federal government. I assure you that we will extend full support to the state government."

Meanwhile, flood warnings have also been issued in parts of Himachal Pradesh where there has also been no let-up in rain. Similar alerts have also been sounded in the nine affected districts of the Bihar province.

Over a dozen teams of the National Disaster Response Force and state disaster response force have been pressed into service. They are evacuating many of those living in villages on the banks of River Kosi.

But some villagers said rescuers were too slow to get to the scene.

Sushil Kumar, a Bihar resident, said: "The floodwaters have entered our houses and damaged most of it. Many villagers are still trapped at their residences. We are trying our best to rescue them. The government is taking no action to improve the situation."

Parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are also being affected by the heavy rainfall. Authorities are on alert as the tributaries along the Brahmaputra basin threatens to breach the danger mark at several places.  

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