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
A whopping 12.55 lakh people across 20 districts in Assam
have been hit hard by the calamity, a recurring phenomenon
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,
The Met department predicted more rainfall over the next
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
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
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
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
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
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.