Monsoon Rains Kill 81 in India


Heavy early monsoon rains have killed at least 81 people in India’s western Gujarat state, bringing misery to thousands of people uprooted from their flooded homes, an official said Friday.


Nearly 9,000 people have been evacuated to higher ground in the worst-hit rural areas of Amreli, Rajkot and Bhavnagar districts of Gujarat, which had been suffering from a drought before the rains hit, said Ridhi Butt, a National Disaster Response Force official.

Butt said most of the deaths occurred when people were swept away by flood waters and mudslides, or buried in collapsed houses.