Monsoon floods claim at least 250 lives in India

New Delhi (dpa) - The death toll from heavy monsoon rains in India reached 250 on Tuesday even as the security forces were carrying out operations to rescue 135 people trapped owing to floods.

Heavy rainfall in the six states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh wrecked infrastructure and caused rivers to run in spate. Deaths due to landslides and electrocutions were reported in various parts of the affected states.

Over a million people have been displaced from their homes and millions of dollars worth of property has been destroyed by the rains.

Life in the western Indian state of Gujarat, worst-hit by the floods, limped to normal. However, with many highways damaged due to the rains, people were unable to travel. Industry in Gujarat, one of India's most financially vibrant states, has also suffered.

Officials said 202 people were killed in Gujarat in the last 10 days due to house collapses and electrocution. 37 people have been killed in Madhya Pradesh, while 15 are still missing. Six people were drowned in the swollen Ken river in Uttar Pradesh.

Army helicopters were carrying out operations to rescue over 130 people trapped in the flood waters of the Tawi and Ujh rivers in Jammu, PTI news agency reported. dpa sk mga


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