Death toll in Assam floods climbs to 87; flood hits north Bihar as Gandak river swells

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Published: July 21, 2020 11:57 PM

Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the Gandak river in Nepal has led to the discharge of excess water from the Valmikinagar barrage in West Champaran district, flooding parts of north Bihar.

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The death toll in the Assam deluge rose to 87, while heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the Gandak river in Nepal led to flooding in parts of north Bihar on Tuesday.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has positioned 122 teams in 20 states to tackle the flood and heavy rain situation during the ongoing monsoon season. A maximum of 19 teams have been deployed in Bihar, followed by 12 in Assam, a spokesperson of the force said.

The death toll in the Assam floods rose to 87 as the situation due to the calamity remained unchanged with 24.19 lakh people affected in 24 districts, a government report said.

According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person died at Raha in Nagaon district and another at Morigaon town. Twenty-six others have died due to landslides triggered by the rains and floods, it said.

The affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Cachar.

Four children and a woman died in floods in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district and 1.52 lakh people have been affected, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said and announced Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia to the next of kin of the deceased.

Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of the Gandak river in Nepal has led to the discharge of excess water from the Valmikinagar barrage in West Champaran district, flooding parts of north Bihar.

Several rivers except the Ganges continued to flow above the danger mark and the flood waters have hit nearly four lakh people in eight districts, a disaster management department bulletin said.

Meanwhile, at least 10 people died due to lightning strikes in four districts of the state, an official said.

Two persons were killed in lightning strikes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.

A fresh spell of heavy rains lashed the national capital, inundating the low-lying areas and affecting traffic movement in parts of the city.

Residents shared pictures and videos of rainwater gushing into their houses and vehicles navigating waterlogged roads on social media platforms.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the major weather stations in Delhi, including Safdarjung and Lodhi Road, recorded around 20 mm rainfall.

The convergence of moist easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal and southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea is likely to continue over northwest India for another two-three days, weather experts said.

The monsoon trough is also running through the region and these two factors led to moderate to heavy rains in Delhi-NCR, they said.

On Sunday, at least four people died as heavy rains lashed the city.

Widespread rains lashed Haryana and many parts of neighbouring Punjab, causing the maximum temperatures to drop sharply, the IMD said.

It said more rain or thundershowers are likely at a few places in the two states over the next two days.

Light to moderate rain accompanied with thunder occurred at most places in Uttar Pradesh with Maharajganj recording a maximum of 12 cm rainfall, the meteorological office said.

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