6 September 1978 The city is in a state of emergency, with telephone lines down, bridges closed and the army deployed

New Delhi and its 4 million inhabitants were more or less cut off last night, except for air links, by the city’s worst flood in 100 years. A crowd, of Cup Final proportions, jammed the New Bridge to watch the swollen river Jamuna racing faster and rising higher at twice its normal width. New housing estates and some Government buildings are submerged already and there is the threat of more flooding to come.

In West Bengal the floods drove 2 million people from their homes. At Haur railway station, angry flood victims blocked the track and held up the Ispat Express from Calcutta demanding food and boats to rescue their families from treetops.

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