Heavy rain triggers floods in many states

Heavy rain triggers floods in many states

Heavy rain triggers floods in many states

Flood waters swept several places on Monday, killing two in Rajasthan and forcing Gujarat to declare a high alert.

The situation in flood-ravaged Assam improved considerably as the swollen Brahmaputra and Barak rivers, along with their tributaries, started flowing below the danger mark at most places.

In West Bengal, lowlands in Birbhum, Purulia, West Midnapore and Hooghly districts were inundated.
With the meteorological department predicting more rain in the Gangetic region of the state in the next 24 hours, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a monitoring meeting with senior officials at the secretariat on Monday.

Rain lashed Kolkata through the night, inundating thoroughfares and choking traffic.

In Odisha, the formation of a low-pressure area is likely to bring very heavy rain and thundershower on Tuesday, along with high-speed surface winds.

The state government has dispatched one Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force team each to the northern Keonjhar and Bhadrak districts, as overflowing rivers pushed several places to the brink of floods.

The levels of the Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Budhabalang rivers have been rising steadily following heavy rainfall in most parts of the state over the last couple of days.

The state government has already sounded an alert about possible floods in Keonjhar, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh, after the IMD forecast extremely heavy rainfall.
Rain pounds Gujarat

North Gujarat, especially Banaskantha district, received heavy rain since Sunday night.

“It has rained between 4 inches and 14 inches in the last 24 hours in the district and as many as 1,800 people had to be evacuated from the area,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said. With this, over 8,000 people have been evacuated to safety in the state in the last three days.

Though no casualties were reported from Banaskantha, the total deaths in rain-related incidents so far touched 72, with seven deaths in the last four days. Over 900 cattle have either been washed away in the rain or have died.

As many as 128 roads were shut for vehicular traffic, 123 villages have no electricity and several trains passing through North Gujarat to Kutch district remained suspended as tracks were washed away in many places.

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