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Kerala landslide death toll reaches 55, flood situation deteriorates in Bihar, slightly improves in Assam | India News


NEW DELHI: The death toll in the landslide in Kerala’s Idukki district rose to 55 on Wednesday when three more bodies were recovered from under rubble as the flood situation worsened in Bihar but slightly improved in Assam.
While 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh were also affected by the floods, several parts of the country received rain, including the national capital, which was hit by heavy rains that ended a prolonged dry spell in the city.
Delhi suffered from sweltering humidity in the afternoon only to be rewarded with a heavy downpour at night that flooded low-lying areas. Dark clouds hung over the national capital during the day, but the rains kept residents waiting until after 8 p.m.
Previously, the Indian Meteorological Department had forecast moderate to heavy rains in the city on Wednesday and Thursday. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, recorded just 0.2mm of rain as of 5.30pm.
The maximum temperature was set at 36.2 degrees Celsius, two levels above normal. Humidity levels shot up to 92 percent.
After more than normal rains in July, monsoon rainfall has remained moderate in Delhi in August so far.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi has recorded 72 percent less rainfall than normal in August so far, which is the lowest in 10 years.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, has recorded just 31.1mm of rain this month so far this month, up from the normal 109.6mm.
In Kerala’s Idukki, operations led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continued even on the sixth day of Wednesday to track 15 more missing people.
Idukki collector H Dineshan told PTI that 82 people were affected by the landslide that occurred on August 7.
The farm worker settlements were razed by the landslide near Rajamala here and various agencies have been involved in rescue operations since then.
The flooding situation in Bihar worsened on Wednesday when more than 2.16 lakh more people were affected by the calamity, bringing the total number of victims to 77,18,788 in 16 districts, according to a newsletter from the Department of Management. Disaster.
Floodwaters entered cool areas and the number of affected panchayats rose to 1,271 from 1,260 on Tuesday, although the number of flood-affected districts remained at 16. The number of people who died in flood-related incidents in the state it remained at 24, according to the bulletin. .
The bulletin said that 20 teams from the NDRF and 13 from the SDRF have evacuated 5.47 lakhs of people from the flooded areas so far.
The state government has transferred Rs 403 million to the bank accounts of Rs 6.72 thousand of families affected by the floods so far, an official said.
Several rivers such as the Baghmati, Burhi Gandak, Kamlabalan and Khiroi flow above the danger level in various places in the state, while the Ganges water level flows below.
The Met’s Patna office forecast light to moderate rainfall in the catchment areas of all rivers flowing in the state on Thursday, while heavy rain is likely in some places in the Gandak catchment areas.
In Assam, the districts of Dhemaji, Baksa and Morigaon remained submerged on Wednesday, even as floods receded across most of the state.
Currently, 14,205 people are suffering due to the flood in these three districts, while 7,009 hectares of farmland are affected, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) daily flood bulletin.
Dhemaji is the most affected district with 12,908 people affected, followed by Baksa, where 1,000 people are suffering and Morigaon, with 297 people affected by the calamity.
The total number of people who lost their lives in this year’s floods and landslide It stands at 136 statewide. Of those, 110 died in flood-related incidents and 26 died in landslides.
In Uttar Pradesh, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning occurred in some places in the eastern part of the state and in isolated places in the western region, while showers and thunderstorms are “very likely” in many parts of the state on 14 and The 15th of August. said the IMD.
As 16 districts of the state are affected by the floods, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday ordered officials to ensure sanitation and hygiene in relief camps set up in flood-affected areas.
The Sharda River in the Palliakalan of Lakhimpur Kheri and the Saryu in the Elgin Bridge of Barabanki, Ayodhya and the Turtipar of Ballia flow above the danger mark, said Socorro State Commissioner Sanjay Goyel.
Parts of Rajasthan were also hit by rain in the past 24 hours, IMD said.
Kishanganj received 170mm of rain followed by 110.4mm at Jaipur tehsil, 80.2mm at Jamwaramgarh, 70.6mm at Mandana, 70.5mm at Bassi, among others.
Sriganganagar was the hottest place in the state, as the maximum temperature there was set at 40 degrees Celsius.
Parts of Haryana and Punjab received rain, but muggy weather conditions prevailed in the region.
Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, received light rain and recorded a maximum temperature of 34.4 degrees Celsius, two levels above normal limits.
In Haryana, Karnal received 10 mm of rain, followed by Bhiwani (8 mm) and Ambala (4 mm) while in Punjab, Ludhiana received 28 mm of rain and recorded a maximum of 33.7 degrees Celsius and the maximum of Patiala was set at 35.6 degrees Celsius, two more. degrees. According to the forecast of the meteorological department, it is likely that it will rain or shower in some places of Haryana and Punjab during the next two days.

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