Assam, Bihar flood situation grim, toll rises to 72
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three more deaths were reported in the state taking the toll to 34. Two persons were killed at Bilasipara and Chapar in Dhubri district, while one death was reported in Barpeta town.
More than 11 lakh people at 1,659 villages in 21 districts are affected by the floods. Authorities are running 366 relief camps and distribution centres, where over 1.25 lakh people have taken shelter. More than one lakh hectares of crop area are under flood water across the state.
Carcass of a female rhino was found with its horn intact near Amkatoni camp in the flooded Kaziranga National Park (KNP). So far, 13 rhinos have died due to drowning in the floods which have so far also claimed lives of 15 hog deer, two wild boars and two snakes, officials said.
Over 100 wild animals, including 10 one-horned rhinos, swamp deers and hog deers have been rescued.
The Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town, while its tributaries Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are flowing above the normal level. The rising water level of the Brahmaputra has flooded 85 per cent of KNP.
In Bihar, 12 more deaths were reported from Katihar district talking the toll to 38, as 28.20 lakh people in 12 districts were affected.
Fed by heavy rains in the Terai region of Nepal, the Ganga river at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district remained above danger mark.
The overall weather conditions in Bihar, especially in Patna, remained humid. Light rainfall was witnessed at a few places in north west, north central and south central parts of the state since yesterday.
In Uttarakhand, a 20-year-old engineering student drowned in Tons river near Dehradun following heavy rains, while landslides in most parts of the state led to traffic disruptions. Nainital was lashed by 132.08 mm rains since yesterday.
Rishikesh-Badrinath and Rishikesh-Gangotri highways are blocked for the last four days affecting Chardham Yatra.
In Maharashtra's Thane district, which was pounded by heavy showers, one person was killed and three others are feared drowned in rain-related incidents yesterday.
A 26-year-old man drowned in Mahuli waterfall at Sahapur in the district yesterday. The body was later recovered. Besides, three youths, who had gone for a swim in Tansa river at Dhakivali, were swept away yesterday. The bodies are yet to be recovered, district disaster management officer Asmita Nikam said.
In Mumbai, Vehar lake, one of the city-based reservoirs which supplies potable water to the megapolis, started overflowing, while incessant rains continued to lash Nashik for the second day today throwing normal life out of gear.
The national capital experienced a sultry day before rains lashed several parts in the evening. The maximum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 32.7 degrees Celsius and the minimum settled at 25.4 degrees Celsius, both two notches below normal, the MeT office said.
Widespread rains continued to lash parts of Rajasthan, with Mavli in Udaipur receiving maximum of 13 cm rains since yesterday. Vanasthali, Kota, Jaipur, Sriganganagar and Churu also recorded 22 mm, 12.2 mm, 9 mm, 2.8 mm and 2.6 mm rains respectively today, the MeT department said.
Southwest monsoon remained active over parts of Uttar Pradesh, with the weatherman forecasting more rains in the coming days. According to the MeT office, Misrikh received 20 cm rains, Ayodhya 18 cm, Nighasan 16 cm, Sultanpur 12 cm, Handia 10 cm, Ankinghat, Mau and Chillaghat 7 cm each.
Both Punjab and Haryana witnessed increased rainfall leading to maximum temperature hovered below normal limits.
Large parts of West Bengal received low or scanty rainfall, with the state capital receiving 6.9 mm rains. Kolkata recorded maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius.
Monsoon revival in Rajasthan
Revival of the Southwest monsoon has triggered moderate to heavy rainfall in several parts of Rajasthan since Friday, DHNS reports from Jaipur.
Though situation in the state is largely under control, the district administration in eastern Rajasthan is ready to meet any emergency. The state’s watershed department said the rain has filled up several major reservoirs.
Statistics revealed that east Rajasthan has received 34% surplus rain, while the downpour is 15% below average on the western side. Moderate to heavy rain in Kota, Jaipur and Udaipur divisions has brought more water to the catchment areas.
The state’s weather department said Rajasthan has an overall 9% surplus rain this year than what it received in the same period last year.
The Kota Barrage dam in Kota district, which has a full capacity of 260.30 RLm, has filled up to 259.17 RLm. Another dam in the district, Jawahar Sagar, has filled up to 297.24 RLm against its full capacity of 298.70 RLm. Storage levels at the famous Mahi dam in Udaipur’s Banswara have reached 272.10 RLm against the full capacity of 281.50 RLm.
The met department puts the rainfall at 317.55 mm till July 31, while it was 249.38 in the same period last year. It predicted mild rainfall across the state for the next two days.