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Floods, lightning kill over 80 people in northern and eastern India

Rains lashed northern and eastern parts of the country, aggravating the flood situation in Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and West Bengal -- where 34 people died -- and crippling normal life in Delhi and Gurgaon, while lightning strikes in Odisha claimed 27 lives.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2016 02:14 IST
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Villagers carry flood relief items on a country boat in flood-affected Pasahbari, near Guwahati, in Assam.(PTI Photo)

Rains lashing northern and eastern parts of the country have aggravated the flood situation in Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and West Bengal, killing around 58 people while lightning strikes in Odisha have claimed 27 lives.

Floods in Assam have killed 29 people and affected nearly 37 lakh people across more than 3,300 villages in 28 districts of the state, officials said.

Home minister Rajnath Singh went on an aerial survey on Saturday of flood-affected areas in Assam and said that the “situation is grim”.

According to official reports, flood waters have risen following heavy rainfall in the upper catchment areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan as well as in the state.

In Meghalaya, at least three people were killed and two went missing as flood waters submerged the West Garo Hills district on Saturday, an official said.

Even though back flow of Brahmaputra and Jinjiram rivers has gone down marginally, many villages were inundated due to incessant rainfall.

Villagers try to cross a flooded road in Katihar district of Bihar on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

In Bihar, many rivers are flowing above danger level as floods continued to wreak havoc, affecting 26.19 lakh people. Two more districts of East Champaran and Muzaffarpur were declared as flood-hit on Saturday.

Read | Rajnath says Assam situation very serious

Twenty-six deaths were reported in Bihar due to drowning and home collapses in 10 districts bordering Nepal, news agency AP reported on Saturday.

Two minor girls were swept away by waters of Burhidangi river in Bihar’s Kishanganj district following incessant rains, an official said, adding that their bodies were fished out with the help of NDRF personnel.

According to the MeT office, Patna has received 18.3 mm rainfall since Friday, while Purnea witnessed 28.9 mm rains during the same period.

The ripple effect of the massive gridlock in Gurgaon due to flooding of streets continued to be felt, with several areas witnessing crawling traffic which received highest rainfall in 10 years.

Palam observatory recorded 144mm rainfall in a span of 24 hours from 5.30pm Friday out of which 80mm of rains were recorded in a span of mere three hours from 5:30am to 8.30am on Saturday. Prior to this, the record stood at 126mm of rain on July 28, 2009.

A roadside food vendor waits for customers as he sits next to his partially submerged food stall during a rainstorm in New Delhi. (AP Photo)

The chock-a-block situation in Gurgaon eased on Saturday but overnight rains contributed to slow traffic movement, an official said.

In Odisha, 27 people were killed in lightning strikes -- eight from Bhadrak district, seven casualties in Balasore district, five in Khurda, three in Mayurbhanj and one each in Kendrapara, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Nayagarh, police said.

Read | Bihar: Over 26 lakh affected by floods as rivers flow above danger mark

First Published: Jul 30, 2016 23:45 IST