Incessant rains and floods during the ongoing monsoon season have claimed 774 deaths so far, the Home Ministry has said. According to the ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), 171 people lost their lives in Uttar Pradesh, 170 people died in West Bengal, 178 in Kerala and 139 in Maharashtra.

Gujarat saw 52 deaths, while 44 died in Assam and eight perished in Nagaland. Moreover, 26 people were also missing in which include 21 from Kerala and five from West Bengal while 244 others received injuries in rain-related incidents in the states.

The deluge and rains have hit 26 districts in Maharashtra, 22 in West Bengal, 23 in Assam, 14 in Kerala, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 Nagaland and 10 in Gujarat. In Assam, 11.45 lakh people have borne the brunt of rains and floods, which also hit crops in 27,552 hectres of land.

Altogether 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in rescue and relief operations in Assam, the NERC said. A team of the NDRF comprises 45 personnel.

Eight NDRF teams were deployed in Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, seven in Gujarat, four each in Kerala and Maharashtra and one in Nagaland.

Kerala

Fresh rains lashed several parts of Kerala even as the state continued to reel under the impact of unprecedented floods.

Some respite appeared on the the horizon for the worst-hit Idduki hill district where the water in the Idukki dam receded to 2,397.58 ft, alleviating concerns about floods in fresh downstream areas, particularly in Ernakulam district. The current level does not warrant issuing any warning, officials said.

Over one lakh people have been displaced and rendered homeless with the death toll rising to 39.

The weatherman has issued a fresh warning asking fishermen not to venture into the sea, saying the coasts of Kerala and Lakshadweep may experience winds packing speeds of 35 to 45 kmph, sometimes going up to 60 kmph.

Force and the NDRF were engaged in relief and rescue operations in badly-hit districts including Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the state has witnessed the worst ever situation since 1924 and there has been all round damage caused to crops, homes, properties besides tourism activities and the lives of one lakh people have been affected.

Singh had announced an aid of Rs 100 crore as immediate central assistance to the state.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had submitted a memorandum to Singh, who visited the state yesterday, saying the state has suffered a loss of Rs 8,316 crore so far due to the floods.

Uttar Pradesh

After slowing down over the past week, the monsoon has regained momentum in Uttar Pradesh even as the Yogi Adityanath government has deployed special forces in the flood-affected districts with the death toll reportedly crossing 200-mark.

11 teams of the National Disaster relief Fund (NDRF) and three teams of the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have been deployed in 26 flood-affected districts.

According to a government spokesperson, more than 15,000 people and 1,250 livestock have been transferred to safer zones in flood-hit Farrukhabad, Faizabad, Bijnore, Kanpur, Gonda, Bahraich, Barabanki, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Pilibhit, and Mau districts.

Dilapidated buildings have collapsed at many places, including Lucknow, killing and injuring people. Cases of drowning have also been reported in the state.

Himachal Pradesh

Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh claimed five lives and hundreds remained stranded across the state after incessant rainfall triggered landslides and snapped road links.

Three persons were killed in Mandi district in landslide incidents, while a boy was washed away in the swollen Kaushalya river near Parwanoo in Solan district.

Reports said five persons were buried under a landslide near Chakla village in Kandaghat in Solan district. One of them reportedly died. Rescue work is still on.

After heavy overnight rains, most of the roads in the interiors of the state remained closed to traffic on Monday, stranding hundreds of travellers and commuters.

The Chandigarh-Manali National Highway-21 has been closed for vehicles near Mandi town, an official said. Likewise, traffic on the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway-5 was hampered near Chakki Ka Mor in Solan district.

The Mandi-Pathankot, the Chamba-Pathankot and the Shimla-Nahan national highways were blocked by landslides.Vehicular movement in Kinnaur district remained suspended since a large stretch of the Hindustan-Tibet Road has been under landslides at several points.

Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district recorded the highest rainfall in the state at 239 mm, while it was 238 mm in Sujanpur Tira town in Hamirpur district.

Nehri town in Mandi district recorded 235 mm in the past 24 hours, while Palampur town recorded 212 mm.

It was 172 mm in the state capital, 142 in Dharamsala town, 98 mm in Kasauli, 94 mm in Solan town and 57 mm in Dalhousie.

(With inputs from agencies)