More than 100 people have been killed over the last four days after a heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains flooded wide areas in the northeastern India’s Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar states.
At least 73 people died in UP, according to state disaster management department data. At least 29 were killed in Bihar, according to ANI news agency citing Bihar State Disaster Management Authority.
The weather office retained its red alert for most districts of eastern UP and several parts of Bihar, warning of “heavy to very heavy rainfall” on Monday.
Schools in Bihar’s capital Patna are closed until Tuesday, according to local media.
“Many districts of the state have been affected by floods. Heavy downpour has affected normal life in many districts,” Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters in Patna.
“I have asked officials to extend help wherever needed. We have also shifted many people to relief camps, where the administration is looking after them.”
Patna has received more than 200mm of rain since Friday, according the weather department.