The flood situation aggravated further in Bihar on Tuesday with 22 fresh deaths even as flash- floods killed five persons in Gujarat while the deluge situation in Assam improved marginally.
In Bihar, where floods have affected 29 lakh people in 12 districts, 60 people have died so far with Purnea recording 24 deaths, Katihar (15), Supual (8), Kisanganj (5), Madhepura (4), Gopalganj (2), Saharsa and Araria (1 each). Fed by heavy rains in the Terai region of Nepal, water level in river Ganga remained above the danger mark at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district. A total of 460 relief camps are functioning in the affected areas, giving shelter to 3,77,097 people.
In Gujarat, heavy overnight rains lashed south and east central parts causing flood-like situation in localities along rivers flowing through Valsad, Navsari and Surat districts and killing at least five persons at two places. Three persons drowned at Bhagrawada village in Valsad, while two in Orsang river near Bodeli in Chhota Udepur.
Meanwhile, flood situation in Assam improved marginally though nearly 10 lakh people are still affected in 19 districts. According to the state authorities over 11 lakh people were affected in 21 districts till yesterday and 34 people had lost their lives.
Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer Suvasish Das said 310 animals, including 221 hog deer and 21 one-horned rhinos, were killed due to the floods. Also, carcass of an adult male Royal Bengal tiger was found in inundated Kaziranga National Park. The national capital received 14.3 mm rainfall till 8.30 AM but no precipitation since, even as high relative humidity level troubled people. The MeT said maximum temperature was 35.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average, while humidity levels oscillated between 63 and 95 per cent.
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In Maharashtra’s Thane, Palghar and Nashik districts, nearly 100 villages have been put on alert due to heavy rains. Seventy-eight villages in Thane, Palghar districts are on alert after Modak Sagar and Tansa reservoir, supplying water to Mumbai, started overflowing due to continues downpour.
In Nashik, incessant rain for the third consecutive day on Tuesday threw normal life out of gear. Officials said 35,928 causes water was released from the Palkhed dam in Kadava river. As a result Godavari, Darna and Kadava rivers are in spate. The administration has issued an alert to residents staying on the bank Godavari to move to safer places.
In Goa, incessant rain hit normal life even as the authorities released water from the Anjunem dam. People living in the vicinity of Kasti river have been asked to remain alert as water level will rise. In Himachal Pradesh, where rain-related incidents have so far claimed 22 lives, Dharamsala received 208 mm rains since yesterday follwed by Palampur (104 mm).
Landslides occurred at 150 places, including Kiratpur- Manali and Hindustan-Tibet National Highways, blocking over 100 roads. Many of them have been reopened.
In Uttar Pradesh, a man was killed in Ballia in lightning strike while rains and thundershowers lashed a few places.