India floods: Several dead and thousands rescued

Large parts of India have been flooded after a number of rivers started flowing above danger level.

At least 17 people have been reportedly killed in flood-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh state.

And in eastern Bihar state, at least 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after a “flood-like situation” in a dozen districts.

Floods are common in India during the monsoon season between June and September.

But excessive rains this year has led to water levels in several major rivers to rise, leading to flooding in many parts of India.

In Bihar, where at least six rivers are flowing above the danger mark, thousands of people have taken shelter in more than 80 relief camps, reports say.

Flood affected people sit on the roof of their submerged house at Kasimpurchak, near Danapur Diara in Patna in eastern Bihar state.People have taken shelter on top of their submerged houses in Bihar

People have taken shelter on the roofs of their submerged huts, and houses along the banks of the river are inundated.

“We are facing a lot of problems, everything has been submerged in river. There is no arrangement of food, drinking water or boats. We don’t know what to do,” a resident in Patna city told Reuters news agency.

Indian officials look at the swollen river Ganges in Allahabad, India, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016The Ganges is flowing above the danger mark in Uttar Pradesh

In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state, the Ganges river has been flowing above the danger mark, and people living in low lying areas have been moving to higher ground.

“Water has been gushing in the area for the last three days. All the land has been inundated with flood water. All the crops have been damaged. Water has started entering our houses,” said a villager, Shyam.

Rescuers shift residents to safer places following floods in the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.Rescuers have been shifting people to safer places in Allahabad
A horse stands in flood waters in front of the closed gate of a house in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.A horse stands in flood waters outside a house in Uttar Pradesh