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Indian rescuers struggle to reach flood-hit areas where over 100 are missing

People shovel mud from a house affected by floods in Teesta Bazaar, Kalimpong District, West Bengal, India, on 7th October, 2023

Kolkata, India Reuters Indian rescue teams are finding it difficult to reach flood-hit areas in the north-eastern state of Sikkim where more than 140 people are missing because the region is still experiencing bouts of heavy rain, officials said on Saturday. The Lhonak Lake burst its banks on Wednesday after a cloudburst triggered torrential rains […]

Floods in India’s Sikkim state leave 10 dead, 82 missing

Guwahati/New Delhi Reuters At least 10 people were killed in India’s state of Sikkim and 82 others, including 23 army personnel, were missing after heavy rainfall caused the glacial Lhonak lake to overflow, spurring catastrophic flooding in the region on Wednesday, officials said.  The north-eastern state received 40.9 mm of rainfall between Tuesday and Wednesday […]

Cyclone lashes Bangladesh killing nine, flooding low-lying areas

Bangladesh Dhaka Cyclone Sitrang

Dhaka, BangladeshReuters A cyclone roared into the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, destroying houses, uprooting trees and disrupting road, power and communication links, officials said. Mass evacuations before Cyclone Sitrang made landfall on the west coast helped save lives, but the full extent of the casualties and damage would only be […]

Cyclone leaves more than 150,000 people homeless in eastern India

India West Bengal floods

Kolkata, IndiaReuters More than 150,000 people were left homeless in the aftermath of a cyclone that unleashed storm surges in eastern India and Bangladesh, officials said on Thursday, with heavy rains hampering relief work in some low-lying coastal areas. At least five people were killed in the two countries after Cyclone Yaas moved inland from […]

At least two people killed as cyclone bears down on India’s east coast

India West Bengal National Disaster Response Force

Bhubaneswar, IndiaReuters A tornado ripped through eastern India on Tuesday, killing at least two people and damaging dozens of homes as a powerful cyclone neared the coast, officials said, while authorities tried to move over a million people to safety from low-lying areas. Cyclone Yaas was powering across the Bay of Bengal and would batter […]

Cyclone kills at least 82 in India and Bangladesh, flooding lowlands

India Cyclone Amphan3

Kolkata, India/Dhaka, BangladeshReuters The most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages on Thursday, hampered by torn down power lines and widespread flooding. Mass evacuations before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly saved countless lives, but the […]

Indian states propose land rights amid citizenship fears

Citizenship protests Kolkata

Mumbai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Authorities in the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal have vowed to protect the land rights of Indigenous people and refugees amidst protests against a new citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims. In the north-eastern state of Assam, a planned law will prevent Indigenous people from selling land […]