Heavy rains and floods have killed 537 people across six states in the current monsoon season, The Times of India reported.
Maharashtra is the worst affected state with 139 fatal casualties so far, followed by Kerala with 126 deaths, West Bengal with 116, UP with 70, Gujarat with 52 and Assam with 34 deaths, according to data maintained by the home ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre, the Times reported.
Another 13 people are reported missing in the wake of monsoon-related disasters.
As many as 26 districts in Maharashtra, which has received 99.30mm rainfall so far, have also been affected by monsoons this season. In West Bengal, monsoon-related disasters were reported in 22 districts, while 21 districts are affected in Assam.
Rains and floods have caused casualties and widespread damage in 14 districts in Kerala, 10 in Gujarat and 1 district of Uttar Pradesh of the country, the Times of India reported.
Kerala has reported 1451.85mm rainfall so far this monsoon season, Assam 585.70mm, Gujarat 449.92mm and UP 171.1mm.
As many as 43 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), each comprising 40-45 personnel, have been deployed across the six affected states to assist the state authorities in tackling the disasters caused by heavy rain.
While 12 teams comprising 358 rescuers equipped with 37 boats are working in Kerala, 9 teams with 271 rescuers and 18 boats are active in Gujarat, 4 teams with 167 rescuers and 14 boats in Kerala, 3 teams with 105 rescuers and 9 boats in Maharashtra, 8 teams with 300 rescuers and 18 boats in West Bengal and 7 NDRF teams consisting of 215 rescuers with 16 boats in UP.