“Monsoon Rains Displace 400,000 People in India”:http://ens-news.com/ens/jun2003/2003-06-17-01.asp
bq. With some railway lines submerged, transport links to the district have been disrupted forcing people to use makeshift boats and rafts of banana leaves and bamboo to get around. The International Red Cross says its volunteers are also using such rafts to distribute relief supplies to those who have been affected, including food provided by the government.
This is an annual phenomena. While one part of the country is submerged under water, other parts of the country would be reeling under the heat wave without any water. In his book “Ignited Minds”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0143029827/jksobservat-20, APJ Abdul Kalam writes on his visit to Tezpur University in Assam.
bq. When I finished giving autographs I faced two interesting questions. One was: “Why cannot water from the Brahmaputra, which is in flood much of the time, be diverted to Rajasthan or Tamil Nadu which are starved of water?”
And his reply to the student was that India needs to connect its rivers across state boundaries. The present Government has started the “river linking project”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000074.html under a directive from the Supreme Court.