Rain fury in Indian states of Assam and West Bengal; four killed

World Wednesday 20/July/2016 21:01 PM
By: Times News Service
Rain fury in Indian states of Assam and West Bengal; four killed

New Delhi: Heavy rains wreaked havoc in the eastern states of Assam and West Bengal with four persons dying in landslides, and leaving rivers flooded in Uttar Pradesh.
The weatherman has warned of "extremely heavy" rains in Assam and Meghalaya and very heavy rains in sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Konkan and Goa and Vidarbha.
Delhi, which received rains over the last three-four days, reeled under sultry conditions, with the humidity levels soaring to 88 per cent and the maximum temperature settling at 37 degrees Celsius. The minimum in the city was 28.5 degrees.
The maximum temperature in the other three metropolitan cities of Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai settled at 32.3, 32.4 and 27 degrees Celsius.
A woman was killed in a landslide in Guwahati as the flood situation in Assam remained grim. The State Disaster Management Authority has sounded an alert for Barpeta and Jorhat districts.
Manas, Noakhanda, Mora Chawlkhowa, Beki rivers are in spate in Barpeta and the Brahmaputra at Majuli in Jorhat.
About 141,000 people have been hit by the current wave of floods in 213 villages in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji and Sivasagar districts.
Three members of a family were killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rains at Fincheytaar in Darjeeling Hills.
Heavy rains pounded sub-Himalayan West Bengal but gave a miss to rest of the state. IMD said the region will witness heavy downpour over the next four days.
Jalpaiguri was the wettest place in the state, gauging 67 mm of rains, Darjeeling got 59.8 mm of precipitation and Cooch Behar 12.8 mm.
Parts of Bihar got light rains, leading to a drop in the maximum temperature. The MeT department said the southwest monsoon is active over the region and the state will receive more rainfall in the coming days.
Major rivers of Uttar Pradesh, which is experiencing a sustained monsoon activity, are in spate.
Sharda river was flowing above the red mark in Palia Kalan and close to the danger mark in Shardanagar.
Ghaghra river has crossed the danger mark in Elgin Bridge area and Ayodhya. The Ganga and the Yamuna were flowing near the danger mark in Fatehgarh, Ballia and Mathura, the Central Water Commission said.
Waters from a swollen Ghagra have entered 25 villages in Barabanki, officials said.