Humanitarian Crisis Becomes Devastating as Global Ganges Basin Floods

The Ganges is bursting with thousands of bodies of fire-eaters after torrential monsoon rains caused a substantial eruption of the world’s longest river.

Four people died and many more were injured when heavy rains inundated Ganges basin forests on April 29, killing thousands of people.

More than 280,000 people have been rescued and more than 24,000 houses damaged as monsoon rains covering the region have raised the river level three to four meters in places. Torrential rain is expected to continue until Monday.

Cincinnati’s Daily Breeze reported that Pakistani-born Patricia Meagher reportedly carried her 93-year-old husband to safety after a raging monsoon disaster left her pregnant.

Patricia Meagher was pregnant with her second child, a child she was going to have with her husband — as the area was an extensive flood zone and wasn’t able to receive clean drinking water.

“She was ready to give birth right away,” said her daughter Shazia Coombs in Los Angeles. “But it was her husband’s health that took her to the hospital.”

The family is now going to help find a home for Patricia Meagher, who reportedly lost her passport.

British sprinter Dai Greene also lived in Kashmir during monsoon flooding last month. But while he escaped unscathed, other friends lost most of their belongings.

Greene also lost his victory medal from the 2012 London Olympics, a key piece of pride for the home team.

The British government is offering a million pounds ($1.4 million) reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction of the killers.

Indians in Nepal have also been dealing with flooding this year. Rescuers will continue to search for missing mountain gorillas in the Kaurari nature reserve in eastern Nepal.

After an eruption of the Hari Ganges last year, the river was still swelling over a quarter of a meter, on Saturday even as it began to drop water levels in other parts of the river.

Officials warned that this year the “Sagar” river would be less strong.

According to Catholic Relief Services, one organization working with people in Nepal, the current situation means that the nuns of the Lalitpur Mission are making daily trips to save animals washed away by flash floods.

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