Death toll rises to 169 in Indian floods

World Monday 22/July/2019 15:47 PM
By: Times News Service
Death toll rises to 169 in Indian floods

Mumbai: The death toll in India's flood-hit states has risen to 169, including 102 deaths in Bihar and 67 in Assam over the past eight days, according to official data provided by the two states on Sunday.

Among Bihar's 12 flood-affected districts, 27 deaths have been reported from Sitamarhi district alone, while 23 deaths were reported from Madhubani, 12 from Arariya, 10 each from Darbhanga and Seohar, and nine deaths from Purnia district.

Around 7.27 million people have been directly affected by the floods.

The situation is equally grim in the northeastern state of Assam, where five people were recently reported dead, taking the death toll there to 67. A total of 3.83 million people have been affected across the states 18 districts.

Meanwhile, taking into consideration the situation in Assam, the Indian Army has set up three medical camps in the flood-affected Barpeta, Moigaon and Sonitpur districts, and two veterinary camps in the flood-affected districts of Dhubri and Nalbari.

"The medical camps have been set with intent to address issues pertaining to waterborne infectious diseases and epidemic threat, both to live stock and human. The said camps are also providing Mobile Detachments of an effective outreach to neighbouring villages which are still inundated," said a statement issued by the Indian Army.