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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Flash floods batter Indian state

A state in western India has been devastated by flash floods this week. Monsoon rains have deluged Gujarat since last Saturday, killing 13 while forcing the evacuations of over 90,000 people. Several roads and bridges were overwhelmed by cresting rivers, crippling movement in the region while wrecking havoc on rescue and recovery efforts.

Municipal Authorities in the affected areas were caught off-guard by the results of this storm, due to the pre-monsoon preparations they had implemented. Officials were confident the steps they had taken would allow them to combat any water-based crisis, and this storm proved that the plans they laid out were inadequate at best, and grossly incompetent at worst.

India has weathered some of it worst floods in generations this season. The last month alone has been brutal throughout the nation, and back in June a horrific storm ripped through the northern part of the country, killing an estimated 6,000 people.

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