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Assam’s flood misery worsens as the number approaches 90; rain-related incidents kill 5 in UP, Uttarakhand | India News


NEW DELHI: The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Wednesday as the waters entered new areas, killing two more people and affecting more than 26 lakh people, including when five deaths were reported in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Bihar also struggled against flooding, with more than 4.5 lakh people affected in its 10 districts. But so far no deaths have been reported.
The Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), SN Pradhan, said that a total of 16 NDRF teams have been deployed in Assam and 20 in Bihar.
Meanwhile, another period of heavy rain, the second in four days, submerged many areas in waist-high waters and stopped traffic in the national capital.
The Indian Department of Meteorology (IMD) said the rains covered most of Delhi and the adjacent areas of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, recorded 67.6 mm of rain as of 2:30 pm The Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations measured 81.2 mm and 72 mm of precipitation respectively.
In flood-devastated Assam, the situation deteriorated on Wednesday with two more people killed, even as the number of people affected rose to more than 26 lakh in 26 districts, an official bulletin said.
As of Tuesday, more than 24.19 lakh people suffered from the flood in 24 districts.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) flood report on Wednesday, one person died in the income circle of Baghbor of Barpeta and Morigaon in the Morigaon district.
With this, the total number of people who lose their lives in this year’s floods and landslides has increased to 115 statewide: 89 in flood-related incidents and 26 in landslides.
Goalpara is the most affected district with more than 4.68 lakh of people suffering, followed by Barpeta (3.82 lakh of people affected) and Morigaon (3.08 lakh of people).
Currently 2,525 villages are underwater and 1,15,515.25 hectares of cultivated areas have been damaged in Assam, ASDMA said.
So far, the flood has killed 120 animals, while another 147 were rescued in Kaziranga National Park, according to the bulletin, citing the forestry officer of the Assam Wildlife Division.
The flood has also affected 23.89,401 domestic animals and poultry across the state, he added.
The Center will soon release Rs 346 crore as an initial amount to handle the flood situation in Assam, an official statement said on Wednesday.
In Bihar, 4.6 lakh people in 10 districts have been affected by floods that have displaced more than 13,000 people, a statement issued by the state government said.
So far there are no reports of loss of life in the deluge anywhere in the state, according to the statement.
Rivers like Kosi, Budhi Gandak, Kamala Balan, and Lal Bakeya are flowing above the danger level in many places, but are declining or stable.
Normal life has been affected in a large part of 10 districts: Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Eastern Champaran, Western Champaran and Khagaria.
“In Bihar, the situation was somewhat alarming yesterday due to the possible influx of almost 5 lakh of water cusecs into the Gandak River and also due to the influx of water into other river systems in northern Bihar,” Director of the National Force Response to Disasters (NDRF) General SN Pradhan said.
Meanwhile, in Uttarakhand, three people died when their car was swept away by a swollen current after heavy rains in the Pauri district.
The accident occurred about 5 km from the Najibabad-Buakhal national highway to Dugadda on Tuesday, Kotdwar police station SHO Manoj Raturi said on Wednesday.
In neighboring Uttar Pradesh, two children drowned on Wednesday in a well filled with water in the village of Gurusandi in the Mirzapur district, police said.
Dev Narain Yadav (12) and Satish (8) had gone to graze buffaloes when the incident occurred. They were sitting near the well when they entered, police said.
Rains also hit Haryana and parts of neighboring Punjab on Wednesday, causing peak temperatures in the two states to remain well below normal limits.
Chandigarh, the common capital, registered a maximum of 31 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, according to the Meteorological Department here.
Gurgaon received a heavy downpour.
According to the Met department, light to moderate rainfall was recorded in many parts of Rajasthan, while heavy rainfall was reported in some locations.
Chauth Ka Barwara (Sawaimadhopur) and the city of Merta (Nagaur) recorded 8 cm of rain, while Jodhpur, Kolayat (Bikaner) and Shergarh (Jodhpur) received 7 cm of rain until Wednesday morning.
Several other places recorded less than 7 cm of rain.

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