Floods In South India Leave Millions Homeless
About 5 million people are now crammed into make shift shelters because of intense flooding in the Southern states of Andhra Pradesh , Karnataka according to Al Jazeera and other news outlets
The Press Trust of India reports that the death toll has now hit 269.
"Dharmana Prasada Rao, Andhra Pradesh's minister for revenue and relief, said: 'These are the worst floods in 100 years'."
Compounding all of this is the impact on crops, Andhra Pradesh my home province is know as the Rice Bowl of India, the floods have hit the rice paddy crop, the onion and the sugar cane crops.
Inida has already had higher than normal prices for rice and essential food stuffs now the situation will only get worse. The Hindu reports that the country may have to import rice to meets its needs
Meanwhile, as flooded residents fill the 277 relief camps that dot the affected area, and as the waters begin to abate the big concern will be disease.
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