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Insufficient drainage blamed for India floods

Heavy monsoon rains have plauged India, putting a world heritage site under threat and devastating parts of the country.

In Konark, Orissa, the 13th century Sun Temple is sat in at least three feet of water after weekend storms which also left hundreds of people homeless.

Constant rains have blighted officials’ attempts to drain the water from the temple, with one saying: “we have been trying to pump out water, but to no avail”.

Rabindra Kumar Bahinipati, a heritage activist from the area, said the water-logging was the fault of the Archaeological Survey of India - founded to protect India’s archaeological heritage.

He alleged “not enough had been done” by the organisation to construct a proper drainage system.

Mr Bahinipati said the temple was threatened by the monsoon season every year.

He added: “Water-logging on the northern side of the temple is not new. Come the rains, the temple gets surrounded by water, threatening its structure. But the authorities are doing nothing about it.”

The sandstone temple is one of the most famous in the country.

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