Photo Feature: Floods in India’s Bihar State

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BIHAR STATE, India — The worst floods to hit India’s northern Bihar state in distant memory have already affected more than 20 million people — roughly equivalent to the population of New York state — and killed hundreds. More rains are on the way. A deadly cocktail of poverty, state corruption, inept disaster management and climate change is to blame for the disaster. Yet India has the capacity to deal with such large-scale crises, and must do so as a step toward finally integrating vast swaths of its “backward” rural areas that stagnate as urban centers boom. Failure to do […]


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