Monsoon in India: Floods leave nearly 200 dead in 4 states, Uttarakhand, Kashmir also hit
- 116 people have lost their lives due to monsoon fury so far
- More than 50 people are missing since floods hit Kerala
- In Maharashtra, the situation continues to remain critical
Rescue operations were stepped up on Monday in flood-hit Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the four states where nearly 200 people have perished so far.
Rains subsided in many parts of the flood-hit states where over 12 lakh people have been affected and the water level has started receding in the deluge-ravaged areas, officials said.
Meanwhile, heavy showers lashed Uttarakhand and Jammu leaving nine people dead in landslides. Also, five people were killed in West Bengal and Odisha in rain-related incidents on Monday.
The death toll in Kerala rose to 85 on Monday, while in Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, 116 people have lost their lives so far due to monsoon fury, as per official data.
In Kerala, authorities are scouring landslide-hit Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad districts, the worst hit, to trace over 50 people missing since August 8.
There is no 'red alert' for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday, but "orange alert" has been issued for six districts.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited relief camps and flood-hit areas in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency.
According to an India Meteorological Department update, heavy rains are likely in the next two days in south Kerala.
In Karnataka, according to official information, the death toll was 48 till Monday evening, while 12 were still missing.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to those who have lost their houses in the floods and landslides.
In Maharashtra, the death toll increased to 43 on Monday and as on Sunday nearly 4.48 lakh people were evacuated from flood-hit areas, including 4.04 lakh from Kolhapur and Sangli, officials said, adding that 761 villages in 69 taluks have been affected by floods.
They were shifted to 372 temporary camps and shelters.
The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway-4, which was closed near Kolhapur in Maharashtra for the last six days, was partially opened for traffic on Monday.
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In Gujarat where nearly 31 people have died in rain-related incidents in the last five days, efforts are on to trace and rescue fishermen of two missing boats.
Nearly 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods in Gujarat's Kutch district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF).
In the hill state of Uttarakhand, which is being lashed by heavy rains, six persons, including a woman and her nine-month-old daughter, were buried alive in landslides in three different villages in Chamoli district.
Erosion caused by swirling waters of the flooded Chuflagad River also washed away two buildings on its banks.
Chamoli District Magistrate Swati S Bhadoriya has declared a holiday in all government and private schools and Anganwadi in the district for tomorrow.
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Jammu and Kashmir
In Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family died after they came under a boulder during a landslide in Resai district.
Two others were also injured in the incident that took place on Sunday evening in Laar village in the district's Mahore belt.
In Odisha, an elderly woman was killed and her daughter-in-law seriously injured when a wall of their house collapsed in Kalahandi district, as fresh rains lashed several parts of the state on Monday.
With Odisha witnessing heavy rainfall, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi on Monday asked the district collectors to remain prepared for a possible flood situation.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rainfall for the next two days under the influence of low pressure formed in the Bay of Bengal.
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Four persons, including a minor girl, were killed in a lightning strike in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Monday, police said.
Amidst spells of moderate rain and thundershower, the Meteorological Department officials on Monday predicted heavy rainfall in almost 6 districts of Gangetic West Bengal over next two days.