Rain fury continues; landslides in HP, J&K, Nagaland

NEW DELHI: Rain fury continued across the country today, with downpour-induced landslides ravaging vast swathes of land in Nagaland and blocking a major highway in Jammu and Kashmir even as five more deaths were reported due to the deluge in Assam.

Heavy rains in Uttar Pradesh inundated several major rivers which are flowing above the danger level mark.

Incessant showers in Himachal Pradesh overwhelmed major rivers and triggered landslides which blocked several roads.

The weatherman predicted “heavy rains” in several pockets of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, east Rajasthan, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Goa and coastal Karnataka tomorrow.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), five persons were killed in flood-related incidents in Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Nagaon and South Salmara districts.

With this, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood has gone up to 49, including eight in Guwahati, the ASDMA said.

A BSF jawan is feared drowned in an inundated border outpost in Assam’s Dhubri district, according to the force’s officials.

The floods have marooned more than 17.43 lakh people in 26 out of total 35 districts in the state.

Around 77 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park has been inundated, leaving some animals dead while some have moved to nearby highlands. (AGENCIES)



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