New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Heavy rainfall triggered

landslides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, where at least

46 people were killed, and caused floods in eastern and

northeastern states, with 10 deaths being reported in Assam

today.

In Uttarakhand, a girl was killed and her parents are

missing following a landslide yesterday that buried their

house.

A massive landslide, triggered by a cloudburst, in

Himachal Pradesh last night, buried two state roadways buses,

killing at least 46 people and injuring several others at

Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi Pathankot national highway.

According to officials, the toll may cross 50.

The highway have been closed stranding hundreds of

vehicles, they said, adding the National Disaster Response

Force (NDRF), the Army and the police were rushed to the spot.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who visited the site,

said the rescue operation would continue till all bodies were

recovered.

State Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur announced

financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the

deceased while Transport minister G S Bali said announced that

Rs 1 lakh would be given to each bereaved family by the HRTC.

In eastern and northeastern states, rains caused havoc,

triggering floods in Assam and parts of Bihar and West Bengal.

Ten more people died as the flood situation deteriorated

in Assam, where 22.5 lakh people were affected in 21 districts

and the Army has been called for rescue operations.

With today’s deaths in the second wave of deluge in the

state, the toll in this year’s flood-related incidents has

gone up to 99, Assam State Disaster Management Authority said,

adding the situation is likely to worsen as waters of the

Brahmaputra and 10 other rivers were flowing above the danger

mark at 15 places.

Most of the forest areas in Kaziranga National Park,

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Lawkhua wildlife sanctuary

were under flood waters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called up Assam Chief

Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who toured various flood-affected

areas in Dibrugarh district, an official release said.

The prime minister expressed concern and assured all

possible help and support to the state government in handling

the situation, it said.

Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Shamsher Singh said the waters

of the Brahmaputra river breached a crucial dyke at Hatimura

inundating vast areas of the district.

Dhubri was the worst-affected with 3.98 lakh people

affected, followed by Morigaon with 3.14 lakh people.

Chief Public Relations Officer of Northeast Frontier

Railway Pranav Jyoti Sharma said 22 trains have been cancelled

while 14 others were stranded at various places as the tracks

are flooded at places across the northeast.

Incessant rains in the past three days in Terai regions

of Nepal coupled with heavy rainfall since yesterday in

Seemanchal area have caused floods in Kishanganj, Purnea,

Araria and Katihar districts of Bihar.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Bihar Chief

Minister Nitish Kumar and discussed the flood situation in the

state where nearly 320 NDRF personnel have been rushed.

“The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Bihar to

help the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood-

affected region of the state,” Singh said in a tweet.

Kishanganj district is the worst affected, Chief Minister

Nitish Kumar said, adding that he has spoken to the prime

minister, the union home minister and the defence minister

over phone and requested them to help the state in dealing

with the situation.

A home ministry official said seven teams of the NDRF

have already reached the affected areas in the state.

Birpur in Supaul district received 45 cm rainfall,

followed by Gaunaha and Bagaha in West Champaran 37 cm each

and Bahadurganj in Kishanganj district 36 cm of precipitation.

Sub-Himalayan districts of West Bengal also received

heavy rains causing floods-like situation in the region.

Due to the flood situation in Northeast Frontier Railway

jurisdiction, many north Bengal-bound trains originating from

Sealdah and Howrah that were delayed, have been terminated at

various stations, the Eastern Railway said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the national capital witnessed partly clear

skies with no rains, though overcast conditions prevailed in

some areas.

The maximum and minimum temperatures were 34.9 degrees

Celsius and 27.3 degrees Celsius respectively while relative

humidity levels oscillated between 57 and 79 per cent.

Humid conditions prevailed in most parts of Punjab and

Haryana with maximum temperatures hovering around normal at

most places in both the states.

Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, recorded

a maximum temperature of 34.4 degrees Celsius while Ambala in

Haryana registered a high of 34.6 degrees Celsius and Hisar’s

maximum was 37.2 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar and Ludhiana both recorded maximum

temperatures of 35.8 degrees Celsius.

Rainfall occurred in parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya

Pradesh and Vidarbha but there was no significant change in

maximum and minimum temperatures.

Yavatmal in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region recorded a

maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius.

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