These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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The body of a Kashmiri man lies near the river following flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall at Kullan village, about 25 kms northeast of Srinagar on 17 July 2015. Flash floods and cloudbursts in Indian Kashmir killed several people and damaged dozens of residential houses and shops. Photo: AFP/Tauseef Mustafa

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Labourers watch two dumper trucks submerged in flooded waters of river Tawi during flash floods on 25 June. Photo by Stringer/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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People wait at a train station, with the tracks submerged with floodwater after day-long torrential rain in Mumbai, India on 19 June. Photo: Imtiyaz Shaikh/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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A devotee takes a dip in the flood waters of the River Ganga at Varanasi, 16 July. Photo: Prabhat Kumar Verma/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road in Bhopal on 22 June. In the first heavy shower of this season, the city recorded 85 mm of rain in just a span of 24 hours, which is the city's third highest 24-hour rainfall record in the last 10 years. Photo: Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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A ragpicker hands over a child to a woman after water entered their shanties on June 25, 2015 in Srinagar, June 25. Photo: Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Vehicles stuck in the slush and mud after a cloudburst at Baltal near base camp of Amarnath Yatra, some 110 kms from Srinagar, on July 25. Three people were killed and 11 others were injured after a cloudburst triggered flash floods near the Baltal base camp. Photo: Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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NH 80 is washed out by flood waters after heavy rains at Nishindhapur in Murshidabad, West Bengal. Photo: PTI

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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A manual rickshaw puller wades through 2 feet of deep water at Amherst Street on July 10, 2015 in Kolkata. Photo: Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Commuters wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Photo: PTI

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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A bus rescues a broken-down vehicle during a heavy flood in Patan district's Panchasar village, in Gujarat. Photo: Hanif Sindhi

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Flooded fields in Gujarat's Banaskatha district. Photo: Hanif Sindhi

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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People stranded atop rooftops in Banaskatha district, Gujarat. Photo: Hanif Sindhi

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Patan district, Gujarat, swallowed by floodwaters. Photo: Hanif Sindhi

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Families wade through floodwaters in Gujarat's Sui village, Banaskatha district. Photo: Hanif Sindhi

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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A lady removes mud from her house after being hit by flash floods at Bathindi area on 9 July in Jammu. Photo: Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Rains wreak havoc across several districts of Rajasthan - including Pali, Jalore and Sirohi. Photo: Rajasthan Patrika

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Rains wreak havoc across several districts of Rajasthan - including Pali, Jalore and Sirohi. Photo: Rajasthan Patrika

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

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Rains wreak havoc across several districts of Rajasthan - including Pali, Jalore and Sirohi. Photo: Rajasthan Patrika

MONSOON FURY

These flood pictures from India right now boggle the mind

Catch Team @catchnews

If you're a climate change skeptic, you really need to look at these photographs of rain and floods. Excessive rain is wreaking havoc across India.

It's been this way for a few years now. Every monsoon, portions of India drown in floods. And every year, India is unprepared for them and their tragic aftermath.

This year, a massive volume of rainwater has flooded places like Jammu and Kashmir, Varanasi, Bhopal, Murshidabad, Kolkata and even Ahmedabad.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on 28 July asked the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to keep its personnel ready in case of an emergency, in the wake of heavy rains in North India.

Also read: Flood fury: why Uttarakhand, Assam, J&K & Mumbai will be hit again. And what can be done

In Kashmir, there was a flood alert at the end of June, when the Jhelum river crossed the danger mark. Flash floods are threatening bridges on the Tawi river in Jammu. At least nine people have died due to torrential rain and landslides.

Mumbai had record rainfall in the month of June and, in one 24-hour period in the second half of July, the city received two-thirds of its average monthly rainfall. But few people in Mumbai worry about heavy rain. They laugh it off and click selfies with each other.

In the first heavy shower of this season, Bhopal recorded 85 mm of rain in just 24 hours. This is the city's third highest 24-hour rainfall in the last 10 years. The all-time record stands at 275.7 mm, on 22 July 1973. That's a lot of rain for a city not used to it.

The flood threat in Varanasi has been looming for quite some time as the water level of the Ganga rises higher and higher. If it does cross the 71.26 metres mark, water will overflow the banks and create a flood in the city.

Governments always try to calm the citizens by downplaying the dangers of floods. The reality on the ground is almost always worse.

Also read: Where a state drowns each year: Assam floods and what needs to be done

While not many people have been affected by heavy rain in Bengal, the state has been put on alert. People residing near rivers have been shifted.

In Gujarat, the death toll due to the floods has been steadily rising. More than 20 people have died so far. The Indian Air Force and the Border Security Force were deployed.

Animals suffer in the floods as well, though not many people remember that.

But then it seems that not many people remember that the monsoon causes floods in India every year - and they could do better to prepared.

Text by Sahil Bhalla

Catch Team

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