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Death toll from floods rises to 95, hundreds of thousands evacuated

Updated : 2019-08-10 18:31:28

The death toll from floods in Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra rose to 95, official figures showed on Saturday, as heavy rain and landslides forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate their homes. Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September are a crucial lifeline for agrarian Indian society, delivering 70 percent of the country's rainfall, but they also bring in their wake death and destruction every year.

Rescuers carry a victim of a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi in Wayanad district in Kerala. REUTERS/Stringer
Rescuers carry a victim of a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi in Wayanad district in Kerala. REUTERS/Stringer
Rescuers help people to cross a flooded area after a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi in Kerala. REUTERS/Stringer
Rescuers help people to cross a flooded area after a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi in Kerala. REUTERS/Stringer
Flood-affected people are moved to a safer place in Paravur in Ernakulam district in Kerala. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Flood-affected people are moved to a safer place in Paravur in Ernakulam district in Kerala. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Flood-affected people sit inside a school, which has been converted into a temporary relief camp, in Eloor near Kochi, in Kerala. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Flood-affected people sit inside a school, which has been converted into a temporary relief camp, in Eloor near Kochi, in Kerala. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuate flood-affected people to a safer place, in Sangliwadi, Sangli district, in Maharashtra. REUTERS/Stringer
Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuate flood-affected people to a safer place, in Sangliwadi, Sangli district, in Maharashtra. REUTERS/Stringer
Flood-affected people are evacuated to a safer place after heavy rains in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. REUTERS/Abhijeet Gurjar
Flood-affected people are evacuated to a safer place after heavy rains in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. REUTERS/Abhijeet Gurjar
Houses and temples are seen submerged in the waters of overflowing river Godavari after heavy rainfall in Nashik. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
Houses and temples are seen submerged in the waters of overflowing river Godavari after heavy rainfall in Nashik. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
A temple is seen submerged in the waters of overflowing river Godavari after heavy rainfall in Nashik. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
A temple is seen submerged in the waters of overflowing river Godavari after heavy rainfall in Nashik. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
An aerial view shows a flooded residential area after heavy rains in Ahmedabad. REUTERS/Amit Dave
An aerial view shows a flooded residential area after heavy rains in Ahmedabad. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Vehicles move through a water-logged road after heavy rains in Ahmedabad. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Vehicles move through a water-logged road after heavy rains in Ahmedabad. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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