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Monsoon fury: As heavy rains cause flash floods across India, Modi assures support to chief ministers

A new period of heavy rains that struck South Asia this week has caused flooding in several countries, increasing the toll of more than 175 in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, according to the media.

In India, scores have died and thousands have fled their homes as in the monsoon floods have Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Bihar and several states in the Northeast.

In Uttarakhand, six people were killed and one jawan missing army in two separate clouds in the Dharchula subdivision on Monday morning.

However, the Hindustan Times reported that the death toll in landslides following the turbulence could reach 28 people. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the cut-off areas of Pithoragarh district later in the day.

Rawat said there was no need for panic as the administration prepared to deal with the situation.

Relief and rescue operations were launched based on warfare in areas affected by military personnel and NDRF SRDF, and people in areas prone to landslides were evacuated any security, he said.

In Bihar, 41 people were killed and 65.37 lakh were affected by heavy rains causing flooding in the past three days.

Twenty people died in Araria, Sitamarhi six to five to Kisanganj, three of the eastern districts of Champaran, West Champaran and Darbhanga, Madhubani and one, said a PTI official.

The floodwaters also involved Kisanganj areas, three blockades and a Purnea Katihar block, severely damaging the roads.

Minister Nitish Kumar, carried out an aerial survey of the 12 affected districts in Bihar and criticized the extreme weather conditions in Nepal to the state of his state.

He said that in addition to the army column sent to Purnea, four NDRF teams had arrived Monday and the other six NDRF teams landed in the state on Tuesday.

Assam is one of the most affected countries, while 32 lakh people in 25 districts were affected and three people were killed in the second wave of flooding to 18.

According to the Disaster Management Authority of the State of Assam (ASDMA), the number of victims of flood-related incidents this year in the state amounted to 102. As of Sunday, 22.5 lakh have been affected By the latest flood wave in 21 districts.

Dhubri is the most affected district, with 7.79 lakh displaced by incessant rains, followed by 3.33 lakh Marigaon where people were beaten.

Currently, the Brahmaputra that flows above the danger mark in Guwahati, Jorhat, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri. The second wave of floods in Assam submerged rhinoceros habitat in Kaziranga National Park (PNK) and the wildlife sanctuary of Pobitora, forcing the animals to flee upland.

According to a PNK official, over 85 percent of the national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was flooded. The PRTI reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the main ministers of Bihar and Assam and assured them of all the Center’s support to mitigate the floods.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the flood situation remains bleak in several districts with recurrent landslides disrupting traffic. The main parts of Anjaw districts, East Siang and Namsai were affected by the flood, while Papum Stop, East and West Kameng Siang were partially affected.

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