Rains wreak havoc in Assam, MP, Maharashtra; 12 killed

World Monday 11/July/2016 19:15 PM
By: Times News Service
Rains wreak havoc in Assam, MP, Maharashtra; 12 killed

New Delhi: Incessant monsoon rains wreaked havoc in parts of the country today, killing seven persons in Madhya Pradesh, four in Maharashtra and one in Assam.
The northern states, however, witnessed fluctuating monsoon activity with heavy rains lashing some parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Delhi getting light rainfall and Haryana and Punjab experiencing dry weather conditions.
Madhya Pradesh has reported seven more flood-related deaths since yesterday. The toll in rain-related incidents in the state has now mounted to 22.
Five persons each have died in Bhopal and Jabalpur and three in Vidisha. One person each was killed in Raisen, Rewa, Sagar, Mandla, Tikamgarh, Seoni, Damoh, Sehore and Agar-Malwa districts, an official of the Chief Minister's Office said.
The government agencies leading relief and rescue operations have escorted 7,000 people out of flood-hit areas.
The MeT office said heavy rains are likely to hit Guna, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Ujjain, Shajapur, Rajgarh, Sehore, Agar-Malwa, Bhopal, Indore, Raisen, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Hoshangabad, Harda, Dhar, Khargone, Khandwa, Shivpuri and Sheopur districts tomorrow.
Meanwhile, four persons were killed and as many injured in incidents of house collapse due to heavy rains in Maharashtra's Nandurbar district that received 390 mm of rains since yesterday.
Nashik was battered by incessant rains and received a whopping 1,899 mm of precipitation. Due to the downpour, the water level in Gangapur dam, which supplies drinking water to Nashik, has risen to 47 per cent.
The Godavari river, which flows through Nashik, is in spate and raging flood waters have submerged many temples located on its banks.
Heavy rains in and around Pune over the last few days have raised the water level in the four dams that provide water to the city.
The collective water level in these four dams — Temghar, Varasgaon, Panshet and Khadakwasla — has gone up to 10.05 TMC on July 11 against 7.19 TMC, recorded in the corresponding period last year, an Irrigation Department official said.
One person was killed after being swept away by flood waters in Assam's Morigaon district while the situation in five other affected districts remained "critical".
About 1.35 lakh people have been hit by the devastating floods that have destroyed embankments and roads.
The deceased belonged to Bhuragaon circle, which is facing a serious threat as the raging waters of the Brahmaputra river have eroded the rock spur of Kupatimari portion of its embankment, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kumar said.
The situation in flood-ravaged Mayong revenue circle is also critical as 60 villages under Pokoriya and Ghagua local revenue units are inundated, affecting over 70,000 people, Kumar said, adding mechanised boats were used to evacuate them. The six districts affected by the floods are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Barpeta, Jorhat and Dhemaji.
Meanwhile, heavy rains drenched parts of Rajasthan, leading to a slight drop in the maximum temperature. The rains, however, gave a miss to Churu that simmered at 41.3 degrees Celsius.
Uttar Pradesh also witnessed heavy rains at some places, including Moradabad 13 cms, Agra 10cms, Jalesar 8 cms, Lalitpur 6 cms and Aligarh 5 cms.
The weatherman said that monsoon has turned weak over Punjab and Haryana. Both the states have been experiencing dry weather conditions for the last two-three days.
"The monsoon has turned weak over Punjab and Haryana. However, it is likely to gain momentum July 13 onwards," a MeT department official said.
With rains playing truant, residents in the state reeled under high humidity that shot up to 85 per cent.