Fish found floating in India hospital as rains claim 80 lives

Some 545 people have died across the country since May due to the rains


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This photograph taken in July 29 shows a patient and relatives in a waterlogged room at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) following heavy monsoon rain. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Dirty water with fish squirming around flooded a hospital in northeast India after monsoon rain and at least 80 people died within days in one state in weather-related accidents, officials said Monday.

Patients sat gingerly with their feet up at the Nalanda Medical College hospital in Bihar state when water gushed into the intensive care unit, highlighting the annual havoc the monsoon wreaks on the country's creaking infrastructure.

a woman walking along a waterlogged corridor at Nalanda Medical College. PHOTO: AFP A woman walking along a waterlogged corridor at Nalanda Medical College. PHOTO: AFP

"A portion of the ground floor was flooded yesterday (Sunday) after a pipe choked amid heavy rains, causing waterlogging," Sitaram Prasad, principal of the college-cum-hospital, said.

Tens of thousands of buildings and homes across India regularly flood during the monsoon months of June to September, which bring death and destruction.

This photograph taken in July 28 shows a patients and relatives in a waterlogged ward. PHOTO: AFP This photograph taken in July 28 shows a patients and relatives in a waterlogged ward. PHOTO: AFP

Heavy rain kills 49 in northern India

Some 545 people have died across the country since May due to the rains, with over a million people affected in some way.

Sanjay Kumar, the head of disaster management in Uttar Pradesh state west of Bihar, said 80 people have been killed by collapsing homes or walls since Thursday after heavy rain pounded much of the region.

This picture shows a relative's patient holding a fish after he caught it inside a waterlogged hospital ward. PHOTO: AFP This picture shows a relative's patient holding a fish after he caught it inside a waterlogged hospital ward. PHOTO: AFP

Neighbouring states are also on alert, with authorities evacuating 3,000 residents from areas near the River Yamuna, which is flowing above the danger level in the capital New Delhi.

A 150-year-old iron bridge was closed as  water levels rose to touch its base.

This photograph taken in July 29 shows a relative's patient holding a fish after he caught it inside a waterlogged hospital ward. PHOTO: AFP This photograph taken in July 29 shows a relative's patient holding a fish after he caught it inside a waterlogged hospital ward. PHOTO: AFP

Authorities in Haryana state said many rivers were brimming close to the danger mark.

Gujarat in the west and the northeastern state of Assam have also been affected. More than 200,000 people are living in relief camps in Assam.

This photograph taken in July 29 shows a patient and relative sitting in a hospital beds inside a waterlogged room. PHOTO: AFP This photograph taken in July 29 shows a patient and relative sitting in a hospital beds inside a waterlogged room. PHOTO: AFP

Mumbai, the capital of the western state of Maharashtra, was pounded by days of torrential rain which disrupted transport and caused severe flooding.


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