Floods and landslides have killed more than 270 people in India this month, displaced one million and inundated thousands of homes across six states, authorities said on Wednesday after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains.
The death toll from floods in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra rose to 147, state authorities said on Sunday, as rescue teams raced to evacuate people and waters submerged parts of a world heritage site.
Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 33 people and forced the evacuation of 180,000 from their homes, officials said on Thursday.
Heavy rain has battered northern Mozambique as residents and relief workers confronted the widespread devastation wrought by Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa, which killed 38 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
Recent heavy rains and a deluge of floods got Iranians by surprise but they highlighted the importance of dams which had become the target of scathing criticism in the face of a lingering drought backlash.
Floods unleased by heavy rain across Iran in recent weeks have caused an estimated $8.3 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes and agricultural land, state media cited ministers as telling lawmakers on Sunday.
Iran’s minister of roads and urban development said on Tuesday that recent floods have caused a total of 30,000 billion rials (nearly $715m at the official rate set by the government) damage to the country’s infrastructure including roads and bridges.