Flood toll 41, incessant rains lash north
Rain-fed rivers today inundated more areas in Assam and Bihar where seven fresh deaths were reported pushing the toll due to devastating floods in the two states to 41.india Updated: Jul 14, 2003 10:39 IST
Rain-fed rivers today inundated more areas in Assam and Bihar where seven fresh deaths were reported pushing the toll due to devastating floods in the two states to 41 as heavy downpours pounded North India throwing normal life haywire.
At least 29 people perished in the past two days in incessant rains and thunderbolts in Uttar Pradesh where major rives were in spate.
The flood situation aggravated in Assam with Brahmaputra and its tributaries wreaking havoc in 20 districts displacing more than two million people.
Swollen rivers, flowing above the red mark, claimed three more lives as the death toll in the current wave of floods in the state mounted to 20.
In Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in Upper Assam, nearly 100 villages, with a population of nearly five lakh, were marooned.
The situation was no better in other areas including the famed Kaziranga National Park and Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary where the one-horned rhinos fled to higher reaches.
In Bihar, where 21 people have so far died in floods, major rivers were rising menacingly along their courses due to torrential rains in catchment areas.
Swirling waters of major rivers submerged vast areas in North Bihar rendering lakhs homeless and destroying standing crop worth crores of rupees.
First Published: Jul 14, 2003 10:39 IST