New Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) The flood situation in Assam

turned critical today with seven more people losing their

lives, while in Bihar, the toll from lighting strikes mounted

to 32.

A whopping 12.55 lakh people across 20 districts in Assam

have been hit hard by the calamity, a recurring phenomenon

every year.

With the fresh deaths, the total number of people losing

their lives in this year’s flood-related cases has gone up to

33, including seven in the state’s largest city Guwahati.

In the neighbouring north-eastern state of Arunachal

Pradesh, incessant rains for the past three days triggered

landslides and flash floods, claiming the life of a 3-year-old

girl who was tragically washed away yesterday.

Major rivers in the state are flowing above the danger

level while surface communication was disrupted at many places

along the NH-415 that links Assam with Arunachal Pradesh,

officials said.

The Met department predicted more rainfall over the next

few days.

Bihar’s Disaster Management Department Principal

Secretary Pratyay Amrit told PTI that the 32 deaths in

lightning strikes include four in the state capital Patna.

The toll reported yesterday was 16.

The hardest-hit districts of Rohtas and Vaishali have

reported five deaths each, he said. The state has been

receiving intermittent rain over the past few days.

Amrit said the state government would soon launch a

lightning-tracker app that would alert people about thunder

and lightning.

With several parts of Uttar Pradesh too receiving heavy

rains, major rivers including the Ganga have started rising

while Ghaghra and Sharda are flowing above the danger mark at

some places.

Heavy rains have lashed some parts of the state with

Birdghat (Gorakhpur) recording 130.4 mm, Basti 90 mm,

Mahrajganj 78.2 mm rainfall today, a Central Water Commission

report said.

The Met office in the state said light to moderate rain

or thundershowers have occurred at many places in the eastern

region and at a few places in the western districts.

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Himachal Pradesh as

well, triggering landslides in interior areas of Mandi and

Kangra but all major highways were open for traffic.

The local MeT office has warned of heavy rains at

isolated places in mid and lower hills of Kangra, Mandi,

Sirmaur, Shimla, Solan and Bilaspur on July 11 and 12 and

predicted a wet spell in the region for next six days upto

July 15.

The national capital, meanwhile, experienced a sunny day

with the maximum temperature settling at 38 degrees celsius,

two notches above the season’s average.

The minimum temperature settled at 30 degrees, three

notches above the normal, said a Met department official.

The humidity oscillated between 73 and 44 per cent.

The Met office has forecast overcast skies with the

possibility of rain and thundershowers in the evening

tomorrow.

It was a similar story in Punjab and Haryana, where

maximum temperatures today stayed few notches above normal

with the high humidity leaving people sweltering.

UT Chandigarh, joint capital of of the two states,

recorded a maximum temperature of 37.4 degrees Celsius, three

degrees above normal.

In Haryana, Ambala and Hisar registered maximum

temperature of 37.7 and 39.8 degrees Celsius respectively, up

to three degrees above normal.

In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 37.4 degrees

Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala witnessed maximum of 36.7

deg C and 37.7 deg C, also up to three notches above normal.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.