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
In Uttarakhand, a girl was killed and her parents are
missing following a landslide yesterday that buried their
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
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
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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