President Ram Nath Kovind condoles deaths due to floods

President Ram Nath Kovind condoles deaths due to floods

President Ram Nath Kovind condoles deaths due to floods

Around 29,242 people are bearing the brunt of floods in 157 villages across 10 districts of Assam state, where floods wreaked havoc has claimed 77 lives till date.

The Army, BSF along with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SRDF) carried out the rescue operations.

Almost three days after their village Dabhipura in Dantiwada taluka of Banaskanthan was inundated in flood waters, families returned on Wednesday.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced a Rs 200 crore initial package for the immediate fix of national highways damaged in the flood-hit state, the English daily reported.

This year's monsoon rains have lashed western and eastern India, leaving several states fighting to contain the flood fury that has affected thousands of people.

Rajasthan too has seen heavy rainfall, which further exacerbated the flooding in Gujarat, sending a large inflow of water into rivers and dams in Banaskantha and Patan, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said.

Meanwhile, the State has already received more than 65% of the season's average rainfall, with North Gujarat receiving over 200% ofthe average rainfall till Wednesday.

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As many as 46,000 people have been moved to safety in Banaskantha district until the evening of July 25, and 1,000 people have been rescued.

As many as 400 villages in Saurashtra went without power because of heavy rains last week. Rescue and relief operations are going on a full swing.

According to Pamkaj Kumar, more than two lakh food packets have been sent to Banaskantha, worst hit district, for distribution from various places.

Incessant rain has thrown normal life out of gear in several areas in the three districts of otherwise parched Rajasthan, hitting road and rail transport.

The Odisha government has dispatched one Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) team each to the northern Keonjhar and Bhadrak districts, as the threat of floods loomed large due to the rising water level in major rivers.

The death toll due to heavy rains and floods across the state stood at 123 till yesterday. However, there have been uncertainties about the formula to be followed based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on Tuesday.

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