Heavy rainfall in parts of India

Published: 09:40 GMT, Aug 8, 2016 |

Monsoon rains continued to batter many parts of India, affecting normal life of people on Monday (8th Aug).

Rivers in Rajouri district of northern Jammu and Kashmir breached the danger mark, inundating low lying areas and damaging large swathes of farmland. The heavy downpour affected movement of goods-laden trucks in the state.

“Roads in the entire district are closed. People are facing a lot of troubles. People from affluent sections of society are also facing a lot of difficulties. The drains are swelling and stepping out of the house is troublesome,” said a local, Noor Hussain.

Rains hit train services in Pathankot city of northern Punjab state on Sunday (7th Aug) as landslides occurred at various points along the rail route. Officials said that work was on to clear the tracks off debris.

“Our staffs, the entire gang, are working. We have brought in cranes and work is in full swing. However, rains are hampering flow of work,” said Pathankot Assistant Station Superintendent, Dilbagh Singh.

Meanwhile, water level of rivers flowing in central Madhya Pradesh continued to rise due to excessive rainfall. Drains overflowed and spilled on to streets in Sehore town.

Monsoon season is critical for the country’s 263 million farmers because nearly half of their farmland lacks irrigation.