Incessant rains and overflowing rivers flood many areas of northern and central India. Large areas of crops have been, or will be, destroyed leading to huge financial losses and hardship.
A continuous downpour over north India has led to the flooding of almost all rivers from the states of Punjab to Uttar Pradesh.
In the holy city of Ayodhya, the Sarayu River burst its banks, submerging most of the temples located nearby.
As a result devotees are finding it difficult to observe their routine prayers at these temples and shrines.
[Siyaram Gupta, Civic Official, Ayodhya]:male (Hindi)
"The water level in the Sarayu River is 20 inches above the danger mark and increasing daily."
[Sadhu Ram, Devotee]: (Hindi) male
"Devotees are unable to bathe in the Sarayu River due to the swift current. Water has also entered temples along the banks of the River and so it's difficult to offer prayers."
As people wade or drive through knee-deep water, there are fears that the rising waters may damage standing crops.
That’s already happened in the Ferozepur district of northern Punjab where large areas of croplands have been destroyed.
This year's monsoon has caused heavy flooding in several parts of India like Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in the north, and Madhya Pradesh in the middle of the country, causing devastation to life and property.