14 more killed in Bihar floods, toll at 149

14 more killed in Bihar floods, toll at 149

Monsoon fury: Five members of a family washed away in Himachal

14 more killed in Bihar floods, toll at 149

As many as 14 more people perished in the devastating floods in Bihar on Friday, taking the death toll to 149 this monsoon.

Five members of a family were washed away following a cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh.In Bihar, where Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made an aerial survey of several flood-affected districts during the day, the swollen Ganga river was still flowing above the danger level.

A release by the disaster management department said Bhojpur accounted for maximum deaths at 13. The floods have been caused by the overflowing Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra, Kosi and other rivers,  and have affected 32.51 lakh people in 2,018 villages under 553 panchayats of 74 blocks in the state, it said.

Ganga, though showing a receding trend, is flowing above the danger mark at seven places, including Digha Ghat, Gandhi Ghat, Hathidah in Patna, Bhagalpur, Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district and in Munger and Buxar districts.

A total of 4.16 lakh people have been evacuated so far from the 12 flood-affected districts of Buxar, Bhojpur, Patna, Vaishali, Saran, Begusarai, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur and Katihar, the release said.

Heavy rain on Friday lashed parts of the national capital, raising humidity levels even as the downpour resulted in waterlogging in certain areas leading to traffic jams.  “The maximum temperature was recorded at 35.1 degrees Celsius, while the minimum settled at 26.8 degrees Celsius, both a notch above normal,” a MeT official said.

In Himachal Pradesh, five members of the family were washed away following a cloudburst in Gawaldi village of Naren Panchayat in the Rampur area of Shimla district in the wee hours.

Several rivers continued to flow above the danger mark in Uttar Pradesh with fresh rain at many places. According to a Central Water Commission report, though rivers Ganga and Yamuna have started receding in the state, they are still flowing above the danger mark at many places. Despite receding waters, Ganga is still flowing above danger mark at Fafamu, Chhatnag, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia, while Yamuna is above the red mark at Naini (Allahabad).

Heavy rain across TN

Heavy rain and thundershowers lashed the Tamil Nadu region, especially the western districts, on Friday, even as the meteorological department predicted favourable weather conditions for a downpour in the next 48 hours.  “Under the influence of yesterday’s upper air cyclonic circulation over the west central bay and off north Andhra Pradesh coast, a low pressure area has formed over the same area,” a senior official in the regional meteorological centre told DH.

Lalu slams PM for not releasing aid to flood-hit state

Nearly a week after 12 districts in Bihar were affected by floods, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav slammed the Centre for not doling out any flood aid to the devastated state, DHNS reports. “Last year, when there was flood in Jammu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a package of Rs 80,000 crore. But when 40 people died in Bihar, why has the prime minister not announced any package?” asked Lalu.

The RJD chief, whose party is ruling Bihar in alliance with the JD(U) and the Congress, wondered whether the Centre was meting out stepmotherly treatment to the flood-hit people because “they had defeated the BJP in Assembly elections last year. Lalu’s sentiments were echoed by Finance Minister of Bihar Abdul Bari

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