Air Force helicopters and Indian Army rescue teams were sent to the flooded areas of West Bengal in eastern India. As of 3 August, 14 people have died and nearly 250,000 have been displaced by floods in Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghli, Haurah and South Parganas districts.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency, citing local officials, said the flooding was caused by heavy rains and the discharge of water from dams.
Particularly heavy rains occurred on July 29, when 218 mm of precipitation fell in Diamond Harbor in the South Parganas region, in Midnapor - 134 mm, and in Kolkata - 146 mm.
The Central Water Commission of India reported that as of August 3, the water level in the Mundeswari River in the Hooghli region and in the Ganges near the Farakka dam in the Murshidabad region was above normal.
Indian Air Force teams have been called in to rescue dozens of people who have taken refuge on rooftops in flooded areas of Paschim Medinipur and Hooghly districts. Meanwhile, the army used boats to rescue people trapped in the flooded areas of Dhanyaghari in Hooghly. Fourteen teams from India's National Disaster Response Force have also been deployed to the affected areas.