Photos of monsoon floods after days of heavy rain in India

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated and dozens have lost their lives as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern. Days of heavy rain have caused the Ganges River and its tributaries to rise to dangerous levels in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Children play on top of a submerged restroom at Daraganj Ghat in AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP

Officials said at least 17 people have died in Madhya Pradesh, 14 in Bihar and nine in Uttar Pradesh over the weekend because of drowning, electrocution or injuries from collapsed houses. The Ganges flooded many residential areas of the city of Allahabad, forcing people to move to safer areas. About 12,000 people were evacuated from low-lying surrounding villages, a government statement said.

In the Hindu holy town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, flooding forced a halt to cremations at a main riverfront area. Devout Hindus bring dead family members to Varanasi in the belief that being cremated there frees their soul from the cycle of death and rebirth. In Bihar, 600,000 people were evacuated and the army and air force are on standby because more rain is forecast, said a disaster management official.

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People stand on the roof of a submerged house as they wait to be rescued at Kasimpurchak, near Danapur Diara in Patna in Bihar stateAFP
People sit on the roof of their submerged house at Kasimpurchak, near Danapur Diara in Patna in Bihar stateAFP
Children play outside their partially submerged house at a slum area on the flooded banks of the river Yamuna in AllahabadJitendra Prakash/Reuters
A dog sits on a wall of a house at a slum area on the flooded banks of the river Yamuna in AllahabadJitendra Prakash/Reuters
Children play on partially submerged electric poles on the flooded banks of the Ganges in AllahabadJitendra Prakash/Reuters
Residents use boats to move to dry ground after flooding in a low lying area of AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP
Rescue workers lift a boat out of the Sabarmati river after a flood alert in AhmedabadAmit Dave/Reuters
A man sits on the outer wall of his flooded house as a boat arrives to evacuate him in a residential area of AllahabadJitendra Prakash/Reuters
People recover a bed from their flooded house in AllahabadJitendra Prakas/Reuters
A passenger train crosses a bridge over the flooded Ganges in AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP
People sit outside their home during flooding at Salori village in AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP
A temple is inundated with flood waters from the River Ganges in AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP
A man sits on the roof of a structure surrounded by flood waters on the banks of the River Ganges in AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP
A man wades through water choked with water hyacinths to reach his home in a low lying area of Chhota Baghara in AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP
People stand outside their flooded home in the Daraganj area of AllahabadSanjay Kanojia/AFP

A photograph of Shivraj Singh Chauhan, chief minister of Madhya Pradesh state, being carried through flood waters has gone viral, leading to anger as well as humorous memes.

Floods occur in many parts of India during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. Flooding can lead to the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera.

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