Flooding in Bihar, India September 2008. How serious is it and can it be prevented?

Millions of people have been affected by flooding across South Asia. The worst affected area has been the state of Bihar in India:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6932636.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7586256.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7631096.stm

This NASA image shows how one river has changed it’s course due to the flooding:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/shownh.php3?img_id=15026

The floods have been caused by extra rain from the South Asian monsoon, which is essential for the crops which feed the people of the region. The rains can, however, also case devastating flooding:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/understanding/monsoon.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6929988.stm

When such large areas and numbers of people are affected, providing effective relief can be a logistical nightmare and many feel that the Indian authorities have not been able to cope:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7595223.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7593843.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6929734.stm

As is often the case, the poorest people are affected the most and have least capacity to respond. In India, the entrenched caste system has prevented some people from getting the aid they need:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7610999.stm

In 2000 parts of India were suffering severe drought. Can these changes in water availability be expected more frequently in the future?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/729112.stm

People are still suffering, a year after the floods hit:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7818897.stm

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