As of Monday, July 15, torrential monsoon rains and consequent flash floods and landslides in India are affecting at least 2.6 million people and have left at least 25 people dead since the rainfall began in earnest last week. Local media outlets report that 31 districts are affected by the floods, with 3181 villages submerged under water. The most severely affected states are Assam and Bihar. On Monday, July 15, the Indian Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for additional heavy rainfall in Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh states.
Emergency efforts are ongoing and are expected to continue in the coming days. Significant transportation and power disruptions are also to be anticipated in affected areas. Further heavy rainfall is forecast to continue in India over the coming days and weeks as monsoon season continues.
Individuals in India are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, anticipate flooding and landslides along with transportation, business, electricity, and telecommunications disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.
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