Floodwaters produced by monsoon heavy rains in the last three days in India submerged major cities. The Ganges river overflowed.
More than 100 people were killed in central Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states. Railway traffic, vehicular movement, healthcare services, schools and power supply have been disrupted in both states. Main roads are being navigated by boat. In eastern Uttar Pradesh, flooding caused officials to relocate more than 500 prisoners from the Ballia district jail to other prisons after water entered three buildings. India's monsoon season, which accounts for almost 75% of the country's annual rainfall, begins in June and starts to retreat by early September. However, very heavy rainfall has continued across parts of the country this year.
Bihar's capital, Patna, has been the worst-hit area. The amount of rain the city received was "completely unexpected".The authorities have asked schools to remain closed until Tuesday as a preventive measure. It has also been raining heavily in southern India and in the western state of Gujarat. Indian Meteorological Department Monday predicted excess rainfall across 15 states. "There are no signs of withdrawal for at least four-five days," they said. More than 6.7 million people in India have been directly affected by the floods, according to official statements.