Death Toll Over 100 Amid Flooding in Northwest India, Pakistan

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
September 8, 2014; 3:39 AM ET
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A monsoonal low that continued bringing rain to Northwest India and Pakistan through Friday has caused many deaths in India-controlled Kashmir and neighboring Pakistan.

At least 116 people have been killed in northwest India and Pakistan this week, prompting authorities to ask for assistance from federal rescue officials.

While heavy rain and dangerous flooding is finally tapering off, the rain was mostly beneficial since the monsoon withdrew from these areas more than two weeks ago.

Fears were rising that the monsoon may have ended early for the year across northwest India after initially arriving two to four weeks late.

Indians cover themselves with gunny bags to shelter themselves from the rain, as they sit on the back of an open truck in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The annual monsoon rains which usually hit India from June to September are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

More than 100 villages have already been hit by rising flood waters and that number is expected to climb as soldiers and rescue workers try to evacuate people that remain in harm's way.

Much of the rescue efforts turned to Kashmir, where on Thursday, a bus carrying more than 50 wedding guests was swept away by flood waters.

Kashmiri residents struggle to withstand sudden and strong water currents while wading through floodwaters in their efforts to move to safer places in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

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From Sunday into Monday, more than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain fell in Ratnagiri, while just to the north, Mumbai received more than 125 millimeters (5 inches) of rain during the same time period.

Heavy rain shifted into Gujarat and Rajasthan on Tuesday, drenching the area daily through weeks end. Rainfall amounts through Friday reached 50-100 millimeters (2-4 inches), with isolated amounts exceeding 150 millimeters (6 inches).

The monsoon will retreat from most of the northwest early in the new week; however, a new monsoon low could bring another round of heavy rainfall to areas from western Maharastra to Gujarat by the middle of the week.

More heavy rain reaching these already flooded areas could hinder clean-up efforts and extend the time that natives remain evacuated from their homes.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Courtney Spamer contributed content to this story.

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