In an amazing coincidence, flooding and storms are in the news in both India and Louisiana, three years after the same thing happened. In 2005, there was extensive coverage of floods in Mumbai and the floods in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina (here's SAJA's 2005 resources about Katrina). This week, millions have been affected by flooding in northern India, just as the same region hit by Katrina braces for Hurricane Gustav. See SAJAforum's posts about Gustav here and here.
Meanwhile, here's what's happening in India, from an NYT report by Heather Timmons and Hari Kumar:
Millions of farmers and their families may be displaced for months after severe floods in northern India wiped out crops and homes, leaving hundreds of villages under several feet of water.
The Kosi River in Bihar, one of India's poorest and most populous states, jumped its banks this week after a dam burst in bordering Nepal, causing the worst floods in the area in 50 years.
Rescue efforts continued on Friday, and boats were dispatched and trains mobilized to find and move millions who have been left stranded by the rising waters. More than 2.1 million people and over 394 square miles have been affected by the flooding, the Bihar government said on Friday. About a quarter of a million people have been evacuated.
Evacuees may not be able to return to their homes, if those homes still exist, until fall, state government officials said. "This water will remain for some time," said Devi Rajak, the chief engineer for Bihar's water resource department. "It may start decreasing in September depending upon upstream discharge."
The breach in the dam that caused the flooding is eight miles inside Nepal, he said, and therefore difficult to gain access to and fix. "We are facing labor problems, law and order problems, and logistics problems," he said.
The Nepalese government said that work to fix the break was under way, and that its officials were cooperating with the Indian government. The river has flooded its banks in Nepal as well, displacing tens of thousands of people.
About a quarter of a million homes in India have already been destroyed by the floods, Indian officials say.
More news from NDTV here.
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