Residential areas in northern India were hit by severe flooding on Sunday (August 8), partially submerging houses and cutting off electricity supplies.
Water levels in the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh state had reached “dangerous” levels said a member of India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
India has been hit by a severe monsoon season. In July heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides in many areas of the country.
From floods in China and Western Europe to heatwave in North America, wildfires in Greece and Turkey, many parts of the world have been battered by harsh weather in recent weeks, raising fresh concerns about the impacts of climate change.
In India, there have been increasing instances of extreme weather in recent years, causing large-scale damage to life and property. Environmentalists warn climate change and indiscriminate construction in India’s fragile coastal regions could lead to more disasters.
(Production: Paul Warren, Louisa Naks)