Patna, India - Authorities stepped up efforts Thursday to deliver food and evacuate people stranded by monsoon floods in eastern India, seeking to find reported 28 new body, to bring its season record of 335
With the incessant rain finally easing, stimulated the Indian Air Force helicopters efforts to rid food packages and hundreds of boats tried to reach nearly 100,000 people stranded in over 1300 villages in the eastern state of Orissa, said Prabitta Mohapatra, commissioner of special measures.
The boats have evacuated over 120,000 people, and people continued to housing, including people stranded on rooftops, Mohapatra told The Associated Press.
Since the monsoon season in India began in June, floods have caused 168 deaths in Uttar Pradesh, 88 in Orissa, 47 in West Bengal, 31 in Bihar and one in Assam. These figures include the 28 bodies found in Orissa and Bihar in the last two days, officials said.
More than 9,000 mud houses in the state have collapsed, he said.
The deaths occurred in Bihar, when mud houses collapsed due to incessant rain, or when trees fell on the residents, said Vyasji, an official of the state government in Bihar's capital Patna, who uses one name.