1. The UN Resident Coordinator in New Dehli informs that the south-west monsoon in India is still active in many states. During the last week, several parts of the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat received heavy rainfall. Due to torrential rains in these states, several people from the low-lying areas were evacuated. The situation has improved considerably since 26 August and flood water has started receding.
2. The State Governments are assessing the damage and have sought Central Government Assistance. The Ministry of Agriculture provided the following statistics regarding the impact of the monsoon rains as of 26 August 1997.
Damage caused by South-West Monsoon in India as of 26 August 1997
|States||Villages affected||Population affected (in 00,000)||Damage to crop area (in 00,000 hectares)||Damage to houses, huts ( No.)||Human lives lost|
3. No appeal has been made for any international assistance.
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