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10 killed in Mah, 2 teams of NDRF for relief operation

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

New Delhi, July 8 (UNI) As many as ten people were killed today in rain-related incidents after the overnight heavy downpour in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, claiming five lives each in Amravati and Akola districts.

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), each consisting of 30 men and equipped with rescue equipment like boats and rubber rafts, had been summoned from Talegaon-Dabhade in Pune district to assist the local administration in relief operations.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh reviewed the situation in Nagpur and Amravati divisions arising out of heavy rains lashing the region since Friday evening.

Major rivers were flowing above the danger mark.

Three women were washed away, while one child drowned in Madhya Pradesh's Harda district even as normal life was paralysed in Harda, Rajgarh, Khandwa, Betul, Indore and Jhabua districts due to heavy rains, following which, 30-32 villages in Harda district were submerged. Residents of ten villages are being rescued by boats and shifted to relief camps. Revenue Minister Kamal Patel said helicopters would also be deployed if needed to rescue villagers.

Denwa river was flowing eight feet above the danger level, while water level at Sethani ghat on Narmada river also rose by eight feet in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, heavy rains and icy cold winds swept the upper reaches of Kashmir valley forcing the people at Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, to wear warm clothes and left more than 6000 passengers stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

More than 6000 passengers, including 2666 Amarnath pilgrims, and hundreds of vehicles have been stranded on either side of the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which was closed this morning due to landslides and shooting stones following overnight rains.

A strong storm, accompanied by heavy rains and hail, killed a woman, wounded three others and damaged standing crops, fruit and vegetables and more than two dozen houses in the Kashmir valley overnight.

Four yatris, including a Muslim pilgrim, have died on way to holy Amarnath cave since last evening. With this, ten pilgrims have died and 11 others were wounded since the start of the two-month-long pilgrimage to the cave shrine in south Kashmir.

The death toll in Rajasthan reached 20 including 7 people still missing in Jhalawar district and one more death reported from Udaipur district due to house collapse. Meanwhile, there is let up in the flood situation in Jodhpur after water from the breached Jaswant Sagar dam flowed down the Luni river and the threat to the down stream villages easing considerably.

Heavy showers lashed the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh in the last twenty four hours with Buntar in Kullu district recording a maximum of 100 mm rainfall.

After days of incessant rains, Kolkata witnessed a jump in humidity and a few spells of rain with the Met office recording a maximum temperature of 31.1 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 26.9 degree Celsius.


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