Floods claim 13 lives in MP, Assam

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New Delhi, July 10: Floods have wreaked havoc in Madhya Pradesh and Assam killing at least 13 people and affecting over a lakh even as monsoon rains brought temperatures below normal in several northern states.

In Madhya Pradesh, 11 people have been killed in rain and flood-related incidents. Bhopal city recorded over 11 inches of rainfall since yesterday. Around 20,000 people have been evacuated to safer places.

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Railway tracks were submerged at Bhopal, Habibganj, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Sagar and Bina stations. In many low-lying areas in the city boats were pressed into service to rescue stranded people.

In Assam, a man and his son were washed away in strong currents of Bhogdoi river in Jorhat district when they were taking bath, officials in the state said.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority said over 1.05 lakh people are reeling under the flood in 138 villages in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Barpeta and Jorhat districts.

Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat, Dhubri town, and at Numaligarh in Golaghat. Authorities are operating eight relief camps and distribution centres in two districts.

Northward, in the national capital, high humidity (between 92 and 57 per cent), however, troubled Delhiites though the maximum and minimum temperatures settled within comfortable levels.

"The minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 27.8 and 36.8 degrees Celsius, both normal for this time of the year," a MeT official said.

In Uttar Pradesh, southwest monsoon has been normal so far where rains and thundershowers occurred in few places since yesterday.

Normal monsoon has been recorded in Himachal Pradesh with the state receiving 157.8 mm rains as against average rainfall of 166.4 mm.

Moderate to heavy precipitation occurred some parts of the lower hills today. Pandoh was wettest in the state with 79 mm rain, while Gaggal recorded 78 mm followed by Nagrota Suriyan 37 mm.

Punjab and Haryana, which received nearly no rainfall during the past few days several places recorded precipitation today which brought relief to people.

UT Chandigarh, joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, registered rainfall of 0.2 mm. In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala received rainfall of 1.2 mm, 2 mm and 1 mm respectively.

Haryana's Hisar recorded rainfall of 1 mm. In Rajasthan, light to moderate rains occurred in several parts of the state with Kota receiving the maximum 63.4 mm.

Conditions are becoming favourable for further advancement of the monsoon and it will cover the western part of the state in the next 3-4 days, the MeT Department said.

Day temperatures at most of the places were below 40 degree Celsius barring Bikaner where the maximum temperature was 40.7 degrees Celsius.

In Odisha, where Cuttack received the maximum rainfall (85.6 mm), the MeT department has warned of likelihood of heavy precipitation till July 12.

PTI

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