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Flood fury in Assam, Bihar; almost 37 lakh affected | India News


NEW DELHI: There was no respite from the devastating floods in Assam and Bihar on Friday, with three more deaths reported in the northeast state, and nearly 37 lakh people severely affected so far.
In Assam, the flood affected almost 27 lakh people in 33 districts. The deaths were reported in the Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Morigaon districts. The death toll from floods and landslides this year has risen to 122.
Almost a million people have been affected in Bihar, where the Gandak River broke two embankments in three places, leaving several areas flooded. There have been no reports of loss of life so far.
According to the bulletin of the state disaster management department, a total of 9.60 lakh people have been affected by floods in 529 panchayats from 74 blocks in 10 districts.
President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Assam Prime Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and expressed his solidarity with the affected people in the state. He pointed to nine trucks carrying Red Cross relief supplies for the flood and Covid-19 affected people in Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh from Rashtrapati Bhavan.
In Arunachal Pradesh, incessant rain in recent days has disrupted road connectivity to several districts, in addition to causing a flood-like situation, according to official reports.
Landslides caused by continuous rains have completely destroyed important road links in various parts of the West Siang district, according to a report.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said there is likely to be fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy or very heavy falls in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from July 26-28, and in Punjab and Haryana. between July 27 and 29.
Precipitation intensity and distribution are most likely to increase in West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh below the Himalyan, with the occurrence of widespread rain activity along with isolated heavy to extremely heavy precipitation during 26 and July 29, he said.
In Bihar, the Gandak River became turbulent after the discharge of 4.36,500 lakh of water cusecs from the Valmikinagar flood on July 21 due to heavy rains on July 19, 20 and 21 in the Nepal catchment area.
Due to a heavy downpour, 80,000 to 1,00,000 cusecs of water were discharged into the river, Jha said.
The water from the Gandak River has also passed National Highway 28 in Gopalganj due to the gaps, disrupting vehicular movement between Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and the Muzaffarpur, East Champaran and West Champaran districts in Bihar.
Thirteen teams from the NDRF and eight from the state disaster response fund (SDRF) are involved in rescue operations as part of which 93,891 people have been evacuated from abandoned areas so far.
The districts affected by the floods are West Champaran, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Supaul, Kishanganj, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj and Khagaria.
Various rivers such as Baghmati, Burhi Gandak, Kamlabalan, Lalbakeya, Adhwara, Khiroi and Mahananda flow above the danger level, while the Ganges river flows below the danger mark in all places, including two places in Gandhi ghat and Digha ghat in Patna.
In the northern part of the country, partly cloudy skies kept mercury under control in Delhi, with only sporadic rains forecast for the next two to three days.
The meteorological office said there will likely be widespread rains in northwest India, including Delhi-NCR, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Friday, the safdarjung observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, registered a maximum temperature of 35.4 degrees Celsius, one notch more than normal.
Humidity level shot up to 94 percent.
According to IMD data, the safdarjung observatory has recorded 225mm of rain in July so far, which is 44 percent more than the normal 156.4mm. The Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations also recorded 31 and 58 percent more rainfall in July.
Various parts of Uttar Pradesh also received light to moderate rainfall.
Dharohra (Kheri) recorded 5 cm of rain; Hata (Kushinagar), Mawana (Meerut) and Shardanagar (Kheri) of 4 cm each; Bah, Dhampur (Bijnore) 3 cm each, while Dudhi (Sonbhadra), Elgin Bridge (Barabanki) and Turtipar 2 cm each, according to the Lucknow Meteorological Office.
In Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures hovered near normal limits and the weather remained dry.
Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, registered a maximum of 34.9 degrees Celsius.
At Haryana, Hisar registered a maximum of 34.9 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal. Narnaul registered a maximum of 33.2 degrees Celsius, three lower levels, while Ambala registered a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius.
Karnal recorded a maximum temperature of 33.8 degrees Celsius.
In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala also recorded maximum temperatures close to normal limits at 35 degrees Celsius, 34.6 degrees Celsius and 34.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The IMD said a significant change in temperatures was unlikely in most of the country over the next three to four days.

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