Officials in the Indian city of Calcutta say the city has received around 20% of the monsoon rain it normally gets over the last three days. This comes on the back of severe storms across Pakistan and other parts of India where 100s of 1000s of people have had their homes destroyed.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says that large parts of the province of Balochistan remain submerged following the impact of Cyclone Yemyin last Tuesday coupled with heavy monsoon rains over the weekend.
“When you walk through areas of Baluchistan, the air smells of rotting goat carcasses and the heat is so stifling that many people are covering themselves in mud just to keep cool,” Asar ul Haq, the IFRC’s head of disaster management in Pakistan said in a statement. There have been riots in Karachi because of power loss to people’s homes, caused by flooding and high winds.
The Calcutta weather office said the city has received more than 300mm of rain since late on Monday night. “Calcutta gets between 1600 to 1700mm of rain every monsoon and now he have got so much rain in just three days,” G Debnath, chief of the local weather office said.
The authorities fear more flooding, and have used loudspeakers to ask residents to keep adequate food stocks at home, or leave their residences for dry land. Many grocery shops were closed. Hospitals and universities have been flooded, while train services were disrupted. The city’s IT hub, which has the offices of many multi-national companies, was also hit.