India

India Floods Situation Report No. 1

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Situation Report
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Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0479
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
Arunachal Pradesh 5 8
Assam 3,515 24.59 1.08 4,770 15
Bihar 6,144 61.75 5.16 136,395 91
Gujarat 4,056 14.61 2.93 142,819 249
Himachal Pradesh 1,184 173
Karnataka 0.05 1,641 66
Kerala 1,206 95 0.9 15,526 125
Maharashtra 67 84
Orissa 649 15 2.69 22
Punjab 268 0.38 1,425 4
Sikkim 1 3,000 57
Uttar Pradesh 1,788 6.92 1.08 1,551 80
West Bengal 881 8.53 1.48 40,766 20
Total 18,513 227.39 15.75 349,144 994

3. No appeal has been made for any international assistance.

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