The heaviest monsoon rains to lash India in 25 years have killed more than 1,600 people since June; government data showed on Tuesday, as authorities battled floods in two northern states and muddy waters swirled inside a major city.
The monsoon, which typically lasts between June and September, has already delivered 10 percent more rain than a 50-year average; and is expected to withdraw only after early October, more than a month later than usual.
The extended rains have wreaked havoc with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar the; worst hit in the latest spell of intense downpours; killing 144 people since last Friday, two officials said.
In Patna, Bihar’s riverside capital city that is home to around two million people, residents said they were wading through waist-deep water to buy essential items like food and milk.
On Monday, relief workers rescued Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi from his home in Patna. Video footage showed him dressed in shorts and; a t-shirt as he was brought out on a raft along with his family members.
In UP, heavy rains have brought down more than 800 homes and swathes of farmland are submerged. Data released by the home ministry shows that 1,673 people have died because of floods and heavy rains this year, as of September 29.