September 9, 1995 in Nation/World

Monsoon Rains Cause Flooding In New Delhi

Associated Press

Monsoon rains blanketed northern India on Friday, sending flood waters surging into the slums of New Delhi and raising the death toll in a week of flooding to more than 400 people.

The Yamuna River overflowed its banks, forcing New Delhi to evacuate thousands from its shantytowns, close its main bus station and cancel 40 percent of its train traffic.

Since torrential rains began last weekend, at least 407 people have died in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir and Haryana, United News of India said.

In the capital on Friday, about 100,000 travelers were stranded at the Inter State Bus Terminal and two railroad stations.

The terminal, where 1,200 buses depart each day, was closed when flood waters reached knee level. Many trains were halted after floods began to submerge a bridge connecting New Delhi with eastern India.

About 25,000 people were evacuated Thursday night in boats after flood waters poured into 10 New Delhi slums. Two deaths were reported.

On Friday, thousands more moved out of soggy shantytowns carrying food, cooking pots and mattresses, or piling them on top of bicycles, motorbikes and bullock-drawn carts.

No flooding was reported in the capital’s central and southern districts, where government offices, multinational companies, embassies and wealthier neighborhoods are located.

Incessant monsoon rains have dramatically increased water levels on the Yamuna, which flows from the Himalayan mountains.

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