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NEW DELHI: Death toll in landslide KeralaIdukki district increased to 55 on Wednesday as three more bodies were exhumed from under the rubble. Flood situation Bihar worsened but Assam saw little improvement.
While 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh are also affected by the floods, rains occurred in many parts of the country, including the national capital, where heavy rains caused a prolonged drought in the city.
Delhi faced strong humidity in the afternoon, which was rewarded with heavy downpour at night, which flooded the low-lying areas. Dark clouds prevailed over the national capital during the day, but the rain made the residents wait till 8 pm.
Earlier, the India Meteorological Department had forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in the city on Wednesday and Thursday. Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, received only 0.2 mm of rain till 5.30 pm.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 36.2 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal. The humidity level rose to 92 percent.
After more than normal rainfall in July, Delhi has not received monsoon rainfall in August yet.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi has received 72 percent less rainfall than normal in August so far, the lowest in 10 years.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 31.1 mm of rainfall so far this month against the normal of 109.6 mm.
In Idukki, Kerala, led the operations National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continued for the sixth day on Wednesday to trace 15 more missing people.
Idukki Collector H Dinesh told PTI that 82 people were affected by the landslide on 7 August.
Landslides near Rajamala washed away settlements of estate employees and various agencies have been involved in rescue operations since then.
The Disaster Management Department Bulletin said that flood situation in Bihar worsened on Wednesday and 2.16 lakh people were affected by the disaster, increasing the number of victims to 77,18,788 in 16 districts.
Flood waters entered new areas and the number of panchayats affected increased to 1,271 from Tuesday’s 1,260, though the number remained at 16 in flood-affected districts. The death toll in flood-related incidents in the state stood at 24, the bulletin said.
The Bulletin states that 20 teams of NDRF and 13 teams of SDRF have evacuated 5.47 lakh people from the flood affected areas so far.
An official said that the state government has so far transferred Rs 403 crore to the bank accounts of 6.72 lakh flood affected families.
In many places in the state, several rivers such as Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Kamalabalan and Khiroi rivers are flowing above the danger level, while the water level of the Ganges is flowing below it.
In Patna, the Meteorological Department on Thursday has predicted light to moderate rain in the catchment areas of all the rivers flowing in the state while heavy rainfall is expected at some places in the catchment areas of Gandak.
In Assam, the districts of Dhemaji, Baksa and Morigaon remained submerged on Wednesday, even as flood waters flowed from most parts of the state.
Currently, 14,205 people are suffering due to floods in these three districts, while 7,009 hectares of crops have been affected, according to the daily flood bulletin Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
Dhemaji is the most affected district with 12,908 people, followed by Box where 1,000 people are affected, and in Morigaon 297 people are affected by the disaster.
Total number of people who lost their lives in this year’s flood Landslide Stands at 136 across the state. 110 of them were killed in flood-related incidents and 26 were killed in landslides.
Thunderstorms rained in Uttar Pradesh Lightning The IMD said rains and thunderstorms are likely to occur on August 14 and August 15 at some places in the eastern part of the state and isolated places in the western region.
The 16 districts of the state are affected by the floods, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed the officials to ensure cleanliness and hygiene in relief camps set up in the flood affected areas.
State Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said that the Sarada River in Pallikalan of Lakhimpur Kheri and Elgin Bridge in Barabanki, Ayodhya and Sarda River in Turtipar in Ballia are flowing above the danger mark.
IMD said that some parts of Rajasthan had received rainfall in the last 24 hours.
Kishanganj received 170 mm of rain, followed by 110.4 mm in Jaipur tehsil, 80.2 mm in Jamavaramgarh, 70.6 mm in Mandana, 70.5 mm in Bassi.
Shri Ganga Nagar It was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 40 ° C.
Rainfall occurred in parts of Haryana and Punjab, but the region remained humid.
The normal capital of both the states, Chandigarh, received light rain and the maximum temperature was 34.4 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal.
In Haryana, Karnal received 10 mm of rain, followed by Bhiwani (8 mm) and Ambala (4 mm), while Ludhiana in Punjab received 28 mm of rain with a maximum of 33.7 ° C and Patiala a maximum temperature of 35.6 ° C. Degree is low. According to the meteorological forecast, rain or thunderstorm is likely to occur at some places in Haryana and Punjab in the next two days.
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