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Flood fury: No respite for Madhya Pradesh and Assam as death toll mounts to 17

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 July 2016, 11:01 IST

Madhya Pradesh and Assam continue to reel from flood fury as the death toll from both the states has climbed to 17.

Seven people died due to floods in different parts of Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours. On 9 July, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had confirmed eight deaths in incidents related to heavy downpour in the past couple of days.

In Assam, Brahmaputra waters have submerged 60% of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary located in Morigaon district and damaged around 50% infrastructure of the world's densest habitat of the Great Indian one-horn rhinoceros.

Two people were washed away in Assam on 9 July. Over 1.35 lakh people have been affected in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Barpeta and Jorhat districts. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the flood situation.

IMD Bhopal Director Anupam Kashyapi told PTI that heavy to very heavy rains are likely to lash Indore, Ujjain, and Hoshangabad divisions, besides some parts of the state capital on 11 July.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chouhan and assured him help in rescue and relief operations.

In Odisha, heavy rainfall is likely at some places due to a low-pressure area formed over Jharkhand and adjoining areas North Odisha.

Strong gusty surface wind from the southwesterly direction with speed 45-55 kmph and reaching up to 60 kmph would prevail along and off Odisha Coast, the MeT office in the state said.

It asked fishermen not to venture into sea in view of rough weather conditions.

In Rajasthan, at least three places received rains in excess of 10 cms in the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am today. Maximum rainfall was recorded at Jhalawar (23 cms) followed by Bakani (15 cms) and Jhalarapatan (10 cms).

Heavy rains drenched parts Himachal Pradesh and more rainfall is predicted in the coming week. Jubbar Hatti received 21 mm of rains and Dharamsala 18 mm since yesterday.

However, in Haryana, Punjab, and Chandigarh, there has been no significant rainfall, leading to a rise in mercury level during the past few days.

Hisar in Haryana was the hottest place in the two states recording a maximum temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius, up two notches against normal.

Day temperatures in West Bengal remained below 35 degree Celsius today with light to moderate rainfall in many parts of the state. Kolkata recorded 32.6 degrees Celsius with cloudy sky and rainfall of 8.9 mm.

-With PTI inputs

First published: 11 July 2016, 11:01 IST