Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who visited the flood-affected areas of Assam Saturday, said the “grave and challenging” situation in the state was beyond his imagination, even as the deluge claimed 26 lives and affected nearly 37 lakh people. The Brahmaputra and its tributaries are overflowing in 18 of Assam’s districts.
Twenty-six deaths have also been reported in Bihar and home collapses in 10 districts bordering Nepal. Vast tracts of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, and another wildlife reserve, were under water. Forest officials found the remains of six drowned rhinos in Kaziranga.
In the National Capital Region, the ripple effect of the massive gridlock in Gurgaon due to flooding of streets continued to be felt in Delhi, with several areas witnessing crawling traffic in the city, which received the highest rainfall in 10 years, making life difficult for motorists.