A huge flood in India caused a pair of two-storey houses to collapse into a canal after flash flood waters completely devastated the buildings’ foundations
Onlookers looked on in horror as both buildings crashed straight into the water and became submerged by the powerful flood.
Footage of the two buildings crashing down into the canal took place in the town of Junbedia, in the Bankura District, West Bengal, India.
An onlooker recorded the moment the buildings crumbled down. In the video, the canal waters can be seen flowing like a powerful river after bursting the local banks. The torrent of water can be seen crashing against the foundations of the houses on the other side of the canal.
The relentless current became too much for one of the large two-storey houses, as it suddenly collapsed into the water, quickly followed by the neighbouring building.
Both buildings were instantly engulfed by the fast-flowing water.
Local news reported one died in the incident and those living in the buildings were rescued shortly before it collapsed into the water. However, one person reportedly died, drowning in the Bankura district flood.
The flooding appears to have been the result of heavy rain in the region, with the Bankura district alone engulfed in over 200 millimetres of rain in just 24 hours. In a press statement, the Department of Disaster Management in Calcutta said 52 houses were destroyed in the floods.
It’s believed over 2,500 people are believed to have been affected by the damage caused by the floods.
In August 2017, over 1,200 people were killed following the horrific floods which hit India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Millions more were left homeless in what was said to be the worst flood disaster in the region for years. According to aid agencies, people were deprived of food and clean water for days, with thousands of villages cut off.
Usually, around this time, South Asia is subjected to flooding during its monsoon season – which begins in June and ends in September – but according to the the Independent last year’s flood was more devastating than previous others.
Authorities in Mumbai struggled to evacuate people as transport services were severely disrupted and downpours caused water levels to rose up to five feet in some parts.
It was reported at least 134 people died in the floods in Bangladesh last year, with more than 600,000 hectares of farmland being partially damaged and over 10,000 hectares have been completely washed away.
At the time, it was a vital blow to the country’s economy as they are said to be dependent on farming – Bangladesh also lost around a million tonnes of rice in flash floods back in April last year too.
In Nepal 90,000 homes were destroyed and 150 people killed.
The recent rise in extreme weather, such as floods and excruciating heatwaves, have been identified by climate scientists as the hallmark of man-made climate change.
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