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Thursday, 12 July 2018

India never stops mourning

Por Olivia Rosario Rodríguez

Another sad news hits India: an avalanche of mud caused by heavy rains crushed several houses with sheet roofs, leaving a balance of at least 9 deaths. The information was offered by officials of the Asian country. Now, what is feared the most is that other phenomena like this are repeated as the Meteorological Department predicted more heavy rains this week.

The sad news has traveled all over the country. The monsoon rains have ravaged India, causing severe flooding and, this week, a deadly mudslide that crushed several houses with roofs of lightweight materials like sheets, located on a hill in northeastern India. Around 9 people lost their lives, including 8 children and a woman who were sleeping at the time of the accident. The village where the events took place is called Tamenglong, where the rescue workers arrived as soon as possible to help the victims. The village belongs to the state of Manipur, about 600 kilometers south of the state capital of Assam, Gauhati. According to the information offered by the government of the Asian country, the deceased were dragged by the water currents.

The financial capital of India struggles every year against the effects of the rainy season and therefore many complain about its poor planning. The monsoon rain season, which runs from June to September, often unleashes heavy rains, floods and mudslides in India. The city of Mumbai was paralyzed for the third day after the rains turned some streets into rivers and people had to break through flooded areas up to the knees or waist. The most disheartening thing is that the Meteorological Department forecast more heavy rains this week.

It is worth noting that on Tuesday, approximately 500 people were rescued from an express train that was stranded because the roads were flooded. Similarly, the public transport service stood for several hours and thousands of travelers were stuck in the most affected areas, including Mumbai flights were delayed.

Floods and landslides are frequent during the monsoon season in India, as are collapsed buildings due to the precarious state of infrastructure, lack of maintenance and corruption in the Asian country.

In 2013, approximately 580 people died and another 5,700 disappeared during the floods and landslides in mountainous areas of Uttarakhand state, in the north of the country. However, the most paradoxical thing is that the Asian giant depends on the monsoon rains to sustain its agrarian system, a sector that employs two-thirds of the Indian workers directly or indirectly.