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Monsoon floods leave more than a thousand dead in India

August 18, 2019

MADRID, Aug. 18 (EUROPE PRESS) –

More than a thousand people have already died in the monsoon floods that began in early June in India, while the Indian government has given the alarm to new torrential rains in the north of the country.

Landslides and floods have left, on August 15, a total of 1,058 deaths in the nine most affected states, according to the Ministry of Interior, and more than 18 million people have been affected.

The most affected state has been that of Maharashtra, which has 245 deaths due to drowning, landslides, collapses of structure and even electric shocks and snake bites.

This Sunday, the authorities have also called for immediate evacuation in locations in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab, which have been in the constant rain for 48 hours.

The rainy season that begins in June and lasts until September groups 70 percent of the rains in India. Although it is a key moment for agriculture, it also has the potential to cause serious damage, as evidenced last year with more than 200 deaths in Kerala.