Monsoon floods in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh killed 13 more people on Friday (15 August), bringing the death toll to 548.
GV Shahi Bridge in Jaunpur City, Uttar Pradesh, India.
GVs Flooded areas in city with people walking along flooded street. (3 SHOTS)
GV Rooftop just above water line.
GV Boy sitting on stack of bricks in flooded area.
GV Temple in flood.
GV Flooded city of Benares in Uttar Pradesh.
GV PAN People looking across flooded street TO people in water at other side. (2 SHOTS)
GV Man pushes barrow through flooded street.
GV Flooded banks of river and people bathing. (3 SHOTS)
GV Tops of flooded houses in town of Assi Ghat. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Monsoon floods in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh killed 13 more people on Friday (15 August), bringing the death toll to 548. Ten million people are affected and in some districts the River Ganges and its tributaries have risen at least five metres (15 feet).
SYNOPSIS: All but the road surface across Shahi bridge in Jaunpur is underwater. The river Ganges, which it spans, has been rising steadily over a 1000 kilometres (600 miles) stretch through Uttar Pradesh. Nearly a hundred million people live in this northern state and more than 500 of them have died in the floods.
Forty-three of 56 districts in Uttar Pradesh are flooded by the heavy monsoon rains. In one district, half the year's average rail fell in just two days.
The rains started eight weeks ago. They brought with them widespread destruction and have made thousands homeless. Bursting dykes and swollen rivers have flooded some 13 thousand villages and nearly a quarter of a million houses have been destroyed or damaged. Tens of thousands of people have fled to higher ground. They took with them what they could carry. Some tried to save their livestock, but already thousands of animals have drowned in the rising waters.
Property damage is estimated at 30 million dollars (US) and in the northern plains, crops worth more than 5 million dollars have ben lost. The floods have severely disrupted life and the livelihoods of tens of thousands -- a high price for the monsoon rains which normally ensure the region's harvest. The Indian Army has been called in to provide emergency relief, but no one knows when the flood refugees will be able to return to their homes.