Flooding in Mumbai leaves thousands stranded

Trevor Jackson
August 31, 2017

The U.N. World Food Program said that Bangladesh was at risk of "devastating hunger" after major floods that destroyed crops, homes and livelihoods of people across many impoverished areas in a delta nation of 160 million people.

Health workers have begun sending supplies of mosquito repellent, bleaching powder and water purification tablets to the worst-hit areas, said health official Badri Vishal. The challenges are different, Jono Anzalone, the vice president of global services at the American Red Cross, told NPR.

This week media across the world has focused its cameras on devastating floods in Texas while natural disasters in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have gone unreported. "In Nepal and Bangladesh, the government simply doesn't have the resources".

Farmland in Bangladesh has been particularly devastated. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai will receive intermittent rains with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places.

Heavy rain warnings have also been issued for other parts of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital.

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Several trains have derailed after tracks were washed away, the Hindustan Times reports.

"Thousands waded through waist-deep water to reach home", Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Many recalled the 2005 floods in and around the city, which killed more than 500 people. The majority of deaths occurred in shanty town slums, which are home to more than half of Mumbai's population.

Many businesses asked employees to leave early in expectations of worsening traffic jams, as the rain coincides with high tide conditions in the western coastal city, threatening to overload an ageing drainage system.

Five people died in Mumbai after floods struck yesterday, briefly shutting commuter rail networks and forcing the closure of schools and offices.

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