Mumbai, August 2: Monsoon rains are being witnessed across the country. While the rains have brought relief from the heat in some states, they’ve created havoc in others. Due to heavy rains, the death toll in Gujarat floods has gone up to 218. The worst-hit district by floods in the state is Banaskantha as 61 people lost their lives, said an official. The death toll increased in the last two days and more bodies were found in the flood waters that receded in Banaskantha and Patan districts. More than 80,000 people were relocated to safer places.
An official of the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said, “218 people have died, with 61 in Banaskantha and seven in neighbouring Patan district. 218 people have died, with 61 in Banaskantha and seven in neighbouring Patan district”. Skymet Weather Forecast has predicted that the intensity of rains will reduce gradually, but it will have an impact on the ongoing relief operations in Gujarat.
Floods have also thrown life out of gear in Assam. Over 4 lakh people in Assam have been affected by floods in July. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Guwahati on Tuesday. He held a flood review meeting with the Chief Ministers of the flood affected state, Union Ministers and the Governor of Assam. After reviewing the flood situation and damage in Assam, PM Modi announced a sum of Rs 2,000 crore for the flood affected states of Northeast India.
In Odisha, 18 people lost their lives due to lightning and three people died in Jharkhand because of the same. The flood situation in Odisha was grave, however, now the rains in the state are moderate. Skymet Weather has predicted that monsoon in the state will remain active in the state with good showers. (ALSO READ: Monsoon 2017: Gujarat, Rajasthan Received Good Rainfall in July, South India Witnessed Less Rains)
States like Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, West Madhya Pradesh, the rest of Uttar Pradesh, parts of Bihar, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura will see normal monsoon, predicted the weathermen. Metro cities including Delhi and Mumbai are likely to witness light to moderate showers while Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai will mostly dry, said the forecast.