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June 29 2013

Indian flood deaths blamed on 'mindless' construction


Almost 20,000 people are stranded and at least 1000 confirmed dead in the wake of extreme floods in northern India, caused by an early monsoon.

Experts are blaming poor local planning and a destructive approach to development in the Himalayan foothills. They say these have left the region vulnerable to floods and landslides which will only get worse under climate change.

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