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Floods claim 119 more lives in Bihar, Assam, West Bengal




Patna/Guwahati/Kolkata, Aug 18 : Around 119 more deaths were today reported from the deluge-battered areas of Bihar, Assam and West Bengal, where swirling floodwaters have paralysed normal life and marooned over 1.20 crore people.

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The figure of flood casualties mounted to 119 in Bihar, with 47 more people losing their lives. The deluge has affected nearly 98 lakh people in 16 districts, forced postponement of examination and cancellation of trains, officials said.

Araria district accounted for 23 deaths, Sitamarhi 12, Kisanganj, East Champaran, West Champaran and Supual 11 each, Madhubani and Katihar 7 each, Madhepura and Purnea 5 each, Darbhanga and Saharsa 4 each, Gopalganj and Khagaria 3 each and Sheohar 2.

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Aerial view of flood affected areas of Bihar.

The flood situation may take a turn for the worse as the MeT office has predicted rain in Nepal and northern and southern Bihar for one more week.

The Health Department has launched a toll-free number — 104 — officials said, adding hospitals have been directed to maintain a sufficient stock of anti-snake and anti-rabies injections.

Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit said 3.59 lakh people have been shifted to safer places. Of them, 2.13 lakh were put up in 504 relief camps.

Food packets are being airdropped in inundated areas.

Where flood waters have receded, they are being supplied through panchayats.

Principal Secretary, Road Construction, Amrit Lal Meena said 124 roads, including national highways, have been damaged due to floods.

An East Central Railways statement said 39 trains were cancelled as water overtopped tracks.

Floods claimed 17 more lives in six northern districts of West Bengal, even as the overall situation improved today, officials said.

Out of the 17 people, 15 drowned while two others died after they were bitten by snake, a senior disaster management department official said.

Forty-nine people have died in flood-related incidents in the districts of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda since July 21, the official said.

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Flood affects 1.19 lakh people in West Bengal, 966 relief camps set up

As rains have abated, water has started receding and the situation has improved a lot, he said.

Ten more people died due to floods in Assam. Around 31 lakh people across 24 districts are bearing the brunt of the flooding.

The toll in the third wave of floods in the state has risen to 49. 133 people have died so far this year in flood- related incidents.

According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three persons died in Dhubri, two in Morigaon and one each in Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Barpeta, South Salmara and Nagaon districts.

Currently, 2,584 villages are under water. 1.67 lakh hectares of crop area has been damaged, the ASDMA said.

Authorities are running 602 relief camps and distribution centres in 21 districts, where 1,01,035 people are taking shelter.

The NDRF, SDRF and district administration personnel have evacuated nearly 3,500 people to safer places.


Uttar Pradesh: Minor raped in Gonda, body dumped in school toilet



Minor Rape

Lucknow, Sep 22: The body of a minor girl was found dumped in a school toilet in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 

According to Prime facie, it appears to be rape, Gonda Supredent of Police told news agency IANS.

The body was found in the primary school toilet in Basanatpur village. Forensic experts have taken samples from the crime scene and a probe is underway to nab those responsible, Singh said.

As per the reports, some youths of the area have been detained for questioning.

A six-year-old- girl had come with her grandparents to a relatives’ house to attend a religious ceremony. She had gone missing since Thursday late night.

Later, her body was found on Saturday after the school reopened following a day’s holiday for Moharram.


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Woman, differently-abled daughter murdered in Delhi’s Mianwali



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New Delhi, Sep 22: A 60-year-old woman and her differently-abled daughter were found murdered at their residence in Delhi’s Mianwali area on Saturday.

Shashi Talwar was found with her throat slit while her 40-year-old daughter, Nidhi, was killed with blunt force. They were reportedly found with their hands and mouths tied; police said.

Ruling out the possibility of robbery, police said that the entry in the house was friendly because there were 2 teacups lying in the drawing room. The pieces of jewellery were intact.

The bodies were first found by their maid, who called the police. “There is no CCTV outside the home. The maid went inside from another door,” police stated.

Shashi Talwar’s husband died two years ago. She has one son living in Canada and another one in Mumbai.


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Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh receives fresh snowfall



Rohtang Pass

New Delhi, Sep 22: Rohtang Pass near Manali received fresh snowfall on Saturday.

Fresh snowfall has also occurred on Kullu and Lahaul’s peaks.

With the Rohtang Pass, fresh snowfall in Kullu and Lahaul’s peaks has resulted in a significant decrease in temperature. In Lahaul Spiti, the mountains are blooming with snow. Tourists who reached Rohtang took full enjoyment of the snowfall.


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