Monsoon rains hit much of India this month after a yearlong drought, causing landslides and floods that swept away villages and spread diseases that together killed 373 people, officials and news reports said Saturday.

Authorities in New Delhi ordered evacuation of people from several riverside areas of the nation's capital as the Yamuna River swelled to dangerous levels following heavy rains in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.Health officials said 118 people have died since July 1 and about 10,000 others were reported ill in the capital's poor neighborhoods because of water-borne diseases including cholera and other intestinal ailments.

The diseases are spread by the overflow of rain-swelled drainage systems that cause raw sewage to contaminate drinking supplies, officials said.