Aug 30, 2017

As Houston copes with catastrophic flooding, more than 1,000 die in India monsoon

Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
by
Siddhant Mohan and Prashun Mazumdar
,
USA Today
Commuters make their way through a flooded street following heavy rains in Mumbai, India, Aug. 29, 2017. Photo: Rajanish Kakade, AP
Commuters make their way through a flooded street following heavy rains in Mumbai, India, Aug. 29, 2017. Photo: Rajanish Kakade, AP

Heavy rains paralyzed India, Bangladesh and Nepal for the second day Wednesday, as the worst monsoon in years has caused more 1,000 deaths.

In the western India city of Mumbai, many of its 20 million residents waded through waist-high water trying to get home from work after being stuck there overnight. Buses and trains were halted as roads became impassable.

India is used to regular flooding during monsoon season from June to September, especially in Mumbai, where millions live in shantytowns with poor drainage. Still, this year's floods are unusually severe. And now, the weather service is predicting continuing rain through the week.