Sunday, July 31, 2005

Monsoon Flooding in Western India "SITUATION Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in Maharashtra and Goa states. 42 total deaths have been reported. Road networks, air links, communications, and power supply have been disrupted in locations throughout the affected area. ACTION Army, Navy and Air Forces called in by Government to carry out search and rescue operations. Air force helicopters to airdrop food packages. Approximately 10,000 people evacuated to safer locations. Detailed damage assessment survey to be undertaken in affected districts once floodwaters recede. State Relief and Rehabilitation Department releasing funds to districts for relief expenditure. Note: Information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Delhi. Updated map figures from Reuters, BBC, and CNN"