New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) The flood fury in the country

claimed eight more lives today even as the weatherman

predicted downpours in several states, which may compound the

situation in the deluge-ravaged areas.

Torrential rains battered Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar

Pradesh and some parts of Odisha, where flash floods had

claimed one life yesterday.

The floods in Assam claimed five more lives, even as the

overall situation improved marginally with around 8 lakh

people affected across 17 districts in the state.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster

Management Authority (ASDMA), three persons lost their lives

in Morigaon district of central Assam. One each died in

Goalpara and Golaghat districts.

With this, the total number of persons losing their

lives in this year’s floods has gone up to 65, including eight

in Guwahati.

Two more rain-related deaths were reported from Gujarat.

The death toll due to torrential rains now stands at 11,

officials of the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC)

said.

Rains lashed several parts of the state, especially

southern part, over the last 24 hours. Umergam and Kaprada

taluka of Valsad district received 99 mm and 98 mm of rainfall

respectively.

Mandvi in Kutch gauged 94 mm of precipitation, Morva

Hadaf in Panchmahal 83 mm, Valsad taluka 69 mm and Bavla of

Ahmedabad 65 mm.

A man was swept away by flash floods triggered by a cloud

burst in Chama district of Himachal Pradesh as rains lashed

many other parts of the state.

Banjar, which received 77 mm of rains since yesterday,

was the wettest place in the state followed by Nahan 73 mm,

Salooni 46 mm, Palampur 45 mm, Dharamshala 37 mm, Baijnath 35

mm, Bhoranj 34 mm and Kheri 27 mm, the MeT department said.

Relief and rescue operations gained pace following

improvement in the situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi

districts of Odisha where flash floods claimed one life and

left thousands of people marooned.

The district administration of Rayagada has declared

closure of schools and colleges for three days in

Kalyansinghpur block in view of the floods.

The deluge severely affected train services on the

Rayagada-Titlagarh section as a railway bridge between

Theruvali and Singapur Road railway stations was washed away.

Meanwhile, two persons were killed after lightning struck

them in Odisha’s Ganjam district.

Heavy rains pounded several parts of the national capital

leading to traffic snarls and water logging in several areas

on the first working day of the week.

The Safdarjung observatory gauged 20.6 mm of rainfall

between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road,

Ridge and Ayanagar recorded 2.4, 45.4, 37.0 and 0.3 mm of

rainfall in the same period.

Major rivers of Uttar Pradesh including the Ganga, the

Sharda and the Ghaghra were flowing close to the danger mark

as several places in the state received rains.

The weatherman has predicted “extremely heavy rains” at

isolated places are very likely in Odisha and coastal Andhra

Pradesh.

Heavy to very heavy rains are predicted at some places in

Goa, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram,

Tripura, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and

Karnataka.

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