Indian government officials have confirmed at least 2120 fatalities nationwide during this year’s monsoon season as of Wednesday, October 9. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the 2019 monsoon season has resulted in the highest rainfall since 1994. Over 2.5 million people in 22 states have been affected by flooding and landslides from the rains. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged, along with crops and other infrastructure. Some of the worst hit states include Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Assam. Flooded infrastructure has affected schools, transport, healthcare, and power services.
According to the IMD on Thursday, October 10, southwest monsoon rains are forecast to withdraw from parts of northwest and central India in the coming days. Rain and thunderstorms are expected across India through Thursday and into Friday, October 11. Further flooding and associated transportation, commercial, and power disruptions are possible.
Heavy rain and flooding are relatively common during the summer monsoon, which usually hits India from July to September.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports and to contact their airline for more information. Avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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