Six more flood-related deaths were reported from Bihar, taking the toll to 228 even as more rains pounded a few parts of the state, while two persons were killed on Sunday in a landslide in Uttarakhand.
The weatherman has warned of “very heavy rains” in Telangana and heavy rains in Assam, Meghalaya, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka tomorrow.
Of the six fresh deaths in the Bihar deluge, three each were reported from Saran and Begusarai, a Disaster Management Department statement said.
As per Bihar’s Water Resources Department, the water level of Punpun river has breached the danger mark at Sripalpur in Patna, and that of Kosi river at Baltara in Khagaria district and Kamlabalan in Jhanjharpur district.
Heavy showers were witnessed at a few places in northwest and northeast of the state. Patna gauged 4 mm of rains. Purnea had 11.6 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Bhagalpur and Gaya got 9.8 mm and 5.8 mm of precipitation, respectively.
A senior army officer and his wife were killed during in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.
The car, in which Colonel Sudip Kumar (45) of the Garwal Scouts, his wife Sheetal (40), their eight-year-old son and driver were travelling, was swept away by debris into a deep gorge, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Yogendra Singh said.
The boy and the driver were injured in the accident and were rushed to an army hospital.
Colonel Kumar was posted at Lansdowne and was going to Badrinath with his family when the accident took place. Due to the landslide, the Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway was closed between Badrinath and Joshimath. The district authorities have issued an adviosry to people to avoid the highway.
Delhi had a pleasant start to the day. The sun shone bright in afternoon. The maximum temperature in the city settled at 34.7 degrees and humidity at 74 per cent. The minimum was recorded at 25.5 degrees. Light rains were witnessed in eastern Uttar Pradesh, while dry weather conditions prevailed elsewhere in the state. The MeT office has predicted rains and thundershower at several places tomorrow.
Mercury was recorded close to normal in Punjab and Haryana. Hisar was the hottest place in the two states at 36.9 degrees Celsius. Moderate rains are likely at isolated places tomorrow.
West Bengal got light rains. Heavy precipitation is likely in sub-Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar over the next two days. The south Bengal districts are likely to have one or two spells of rain or thunderstorm.