Heavy monsoon rains lash the city of Jaipur in India’s northern state of Rajasthan, Friday, August 14, submerging cars and causing severe water-logging.
READ MORE: Searching through the rubble of a tea plantation that collapsed after heavy rains lashed India’s southern Kerala state last week, rescuers counted 55 casualties. A landslide buried homes of several workers in the hillside’s debris – several children were among the victims.
It was the latest monsoon-related disaster that has taken at least 150 lives in India, where environmentalists say climate change has altered the pattern of the monsoon season – it now brings short, intense bursts of rain instead of the steady showers that historically rejuvenated soil from June to September.
In the north and east of the country, an estimated 8 million grappled with a trail of destruction as swollen rivers inundated vast swaths of farmland and villages, destroying thatched homes and crops in two of India’s poorest states, Assam and Bihar.
Among those who saw their land disappear under water was Raj Kumar, who travels every summer from New Delhi, where he works as a driver, to sow his fields in a village in Bihar. His 1-hectare plot of land that he planted with rice in early July was flooded with 2 meters of water after the nearby river overflowed its banks.