Rains cause flood-like situation in country, 25 dead in Guj

According to the MeT department, several parts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are expected to receive "heavy to very heavy rainfall" till tomorrow.

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Heavy rains led to flood-like

situations in several parts of the country with at least 25

people perishing in Gujarat and four of a family swept away by

gushing waters in Jharkhand even as things improved slightly

in deluge-affected Assam.

According to the MeT department, several parts of

Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are

expected to receive "heavy to very heavy rainfall" till


The national capital experienced sultry weather condition

with the maximum temperature recorded at 35 degrees Celsius

and the minimum at 26.4 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels

oscillated between 93 and 59 per cent.

At least 25 people, including 14 of a family, were found

dead in two villages of Banaskantha district due to floods

following torrential rains in Gujarat.

According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, the

toll due to heavy rains and floods across the state in the

current monsoon season stood at 94 till yesterday.

Of the 25 found dead in Banaskantha, 17 people, including

14 of a family, drowned in the flood waters in Kharia village

under the Kankrej taluka, an official said.

Around 1.5 lakh cusecs of water was released from the dam

following heavy rains in neighbouring Rajasthan, which

resulted in inundation of several villages along the banks of

the river in Banaskantha.

State Emergency Operation Centre officials said as per

the latest figures available with them -- excluding the 25

deaths reported today -- eight people had died in Banaskantha

and Patan districts in the last two days due to the floods.

In Rajasthan, the Army has rescued 27 people from areas

which faced flood-like situation over the last two days due to

heavy downpour even as the situation improved gradually.

As many as 15 people were killed in rain-related

incidents, 640 were rescued and 2,225 evacuated to safer

places in Jalore, Sirohi, Pali and Barmer districts since

Monday, an official has said.

Meanwhile, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall occurred at

isolated places in Jodhpur and Udaipur divisions since

yesterday while the weatherman has warned of heavy rainfall in

southeast and southwest parts of the state till tomorrow.

Mount Abu in Sirohi recorded 32 cm of rains while

Banswara and Kumbhalgarh (Rajsamand) received 13 and 11 cm of

precipitation respectively since yesterday.

In Himachal Pradesh, the under-construction south portal

of Rohtang Tunnel near Dhundi, 25 km from Manali, was damaged

by a massive landslide triggered by rains leading to blocking

of the Manali-Rohtang highway.

Dharamshala was wettest in the state with 80 mm of rains

followed by Palampur 66 mm, Gohar 49 mm, Baijnath 46 mm and

Nadaun 36 mm.

There was no significant change in day temperatures and

Una was hottest with a maximum of 35.5 degrees Celsius

followed by Bhuntar 32 degrees Celsius and Sundernagar 30.8

degrees Celsius.

Sultry weather conditions prevailed in most places of

Haryana and Punjab, including in Chandigarh, with maximum

temperatures hovering above normal levels.

Hisar in Haryana registered a high of 34.8 degrees

Celsius after light rains, while Ambala recorded a maximum of

34.9 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 35 degrees

Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximums at 33.5

degrees Celsius and 34.5 degrees Celsius.

Parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha region

were lashed by rains but there was no significant change in

maximum temperatures.

Chandrapur in Maharashtra recorded the highest maximum

temperature of 34 degrees Celsius.

The flood situation in Assam improved substantially even

as over 13,000 people across seven districts in the state were

still affected. Altogether 79 people have lost their lives in

flood-related incidents.

Till yesterday, 23,000 people in nine districts were

affected by the deluge.

The authorities are running 14 relief camps and

distribution centres in five districts.

Currently, waters of Dhansiri river was flowing above the

danger mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat.

In West Bengal, West Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia have

received very heavy rains since Saturday, leading to

inundation of several areas, with the rivers in this region

are in spate.

Bankura recorded 116.8 mm rainfall since yesterday, the

highest in the state for the day, while Asansol in West

Burdwan followed closely at 101.8 mm each.

Light to moderate rainfall in many parts of the state

kept the temperature at a comfortable level in Bihar today.

Patna recorded 1.2 mm rainfall since yesterday, Gaya

registered 16.4 mm of rain while it was 31.1 mm in Bhagalpur.

The maximum temperature was 31.5 degrees Celsius in

Patna and 29.2 degrees Celsius at Gaya.

According to an official, the water levels of rivers

Baitarani, Brahmani, Burhabalang and Jalaka are falling or are

steady due to less rainfall in the upper catchment areas.

The flood situation in Balasore district was improving

with the Subarnarekha river, the water level of which rose

yesterday and was still above danger level at Rajghat near

Jaleswar, was going down gradually.

However, the weatherman has warned of heavy rainfall in

one or two places over north Odisha during the next two days.

In Jharkhand, an ambulance with four members of a family

were washed away by the waters from the overflowing Koel river

in Lohardaga district.


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