Lightning kills 19 in UP, Bihar; 1 more die in Assam floods

NEW DELHI: At least 19 people were killed in separate incidents of lightning strike in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, while the flood situation in Assam deteriorated today as a fresh death took the toll to 26.

In the national capital, however, it was a hot and humid day with the minimum and maximum temperatures settling above normal levels.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 38.5 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, while the minimum settled at 29.6 degrees Celsius, two degrees Celsius above normal.

Humidity levels oscillated between 87 and 42 per cent.

One more person lost his life in Karimganj district of Assam, taking the flood-related toll in the state to 26, while nearly five lakh people are hit across 15 districts.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 1,096 villages were inundated and nearly 41,200 hectares of crop area have been damaged in the floods.

Currently, the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, along with Dibrugarh, Goalpara and Dhubri towns.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and assured him of all central help.

In Bihar, at least 16 people died and two others got injured in lightning strikes in seven districts, where light rainfall occured in some areas. One or two places in the northeast parts witnessed heavy rainfall. (AGENCIES)


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