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8/18/2014 (7 months ago)

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At least 28 people dead and thousands homeless following heavy rains

At least 28 people killed and thousands have been left homeless after heavy monsoon rains in northern India. Flooding in the Himalayas have swamped nearly 1,500 villages, leaving countless residents marooned across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh state.

Even when this obstacle is overcome with immediate aid provided to survivors, there are new concerns about the agriculture in the world's second-biggest sugar-producing nation.

Even when this obstacle is overcome with immediate aid provided to survivors, there are new concerns about the agriculture in the world's second-biggest sugar-producing nation.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/18/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Northern India, monsoons, flooding, heavy rains


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The release of water from overflowing dams in neighboring Nepal has added to the devastation wreaked by the torrential downpours.

The irony of the situation was that a lack of rain during the June-September monsoon season had led to fears of drought. That's since become irrelevant.

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The floods in Uttar Pradesh have raised fears of damage to the cane crop, as 0.6 million hectares of

The floods in Uttar Pradesh have raised fears of damage to the cane crop, as 0.6 million hectares of arable lands have been submerged.


The more recent downpours have caused landslides and floods in many parts of India and Nepal, where at least 90 people have been killed since last week.

Officials say that at least 12 people were swept away by torrents in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh. Another six people died when their boat capsized in the swollen Rapti River.

"The flood situation arose following heavy downpours in Nepal, which led to overflowing rivers which originate in the Himalayan region including Tibet and Nepal," Alok Ranjan, chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh said.

There's no relief in sight as even more rain is forecast in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring Uttarakhand in the Himalayas, resulting in new flood warnings.

In response to the disaster, three army helicopters were deployed to drop food and water to the people marooned in shelters.

"The state is well equipped with both manpower and resources to meet the current crises and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the affected people receive prompt relief," Ranjan said.

There

There's no relief in sight as even more rain is forecast in Uttar Pradesh and neighboring Uttarakhand in the Himalayas, resulting in new flood warnings.


Even when this obstacle is overcome with immediate aid provided to survivors, there are new concerns about the agriculture in the world's second-biggest sugar-producing nation.

The floods in Uttar Pradesh have raised fears of damage to the cane crop, as 0.6 million hectares of arable lands have been submerged.

Officials say that at least 12 people were swept away by torrents in Bahraich district of Uttar Prad

Officials say that at least 12 people were swept away by torrents in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh.


"Sugarcane is at high risk due to floods as waterlogging can damage the crop," Sudhir Panwar, president of the farmers' body Kisan Jagriti Manch said in a telephone interview from Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh.

According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association, sugar output could rise four percent to 25.3 million tons in 2014/15, because of higher cane yields in the other major producing states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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