The death toll from severe monsoon flooding across the country has risen to 81, officials said on Monday, with eight people killed in the past day in the worst-hit states.
Heavy rain in Gujarat has claimed 11 lives since Saturday as the monsoon intensified across the western state. “Seven of these died in the last 24 hours and at least four others are still missing,” Pankaj Kumar, a Gujarat government official, said.
Arunachal Pradesh and Asom have been the hardest-hit, while pockets of the eastern states of Odisha and Bihar have also been affected.
In the hilly state of Asom 65 people have been killed and a state-wide emergency relief operation has been underway since the wet season arrived in April.
“One person died in the last 24 hours. Thousands have been rescued and are now in 118 relief camps set up by the government across 21 affected districts,” said Rajib Prakash Barua, a senior official with the state’s disaster management authority. Rain had eased in some parts of the state but five major rivers were still at danger levels, he added.
Power supply and rail and road services have been disrupted in the five worst-hit states. Parts of Arunachal Pradesh have endured some of their worst floods and landslides for years amid more than a week of incessant rain. According to the Asom State Disaster Management Authority, a total of 764,000 people had been hit by floods in 17 districts as of Monday.
“The roads and bridges damaged by floods must also be repaired with the help of PWD department so that communication infrastructure can be restored at an early date,” the state chief minister said.
Meanwhile, after a long spell of hot and humid weather, light rain in parts of the national capital on Monday brought the much needed relief to the people.
With the showers, the mercury came down marginally, the minimum temperature settling at 28 degrees Celsius – from 29 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
The maximum temperature on Monday was recorded at 34 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, even as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the flood situation in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts is improving, the Met Office warned of likely heavy rain in the next 24 hours in the state, says a Bhubaneswar report.