North floods raising fears of increased death toll

UttarakhandHeavy rains and floods continued their worst effect on Uttarakhand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. Major rivers like Ganga, Mandakini and Pindar are flowing above the danger mark. Nearly 32 people died due to heavy floods and landslides in Uttarakhand in last two days. Nearly 16 villages of Uttarakhand remain flooded and over 30,000 people have been isolated from the rest of world.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat though has expressed hopes that the situation has started to improve. The entire state government is engaged in rescue and relief work.
Uttar Pradesh is also facing the same situation like Uttarakhand. 28 people have been killed and 600 villages have been affected by floods. Central government has sent three helicopters to Gorakhpur to help in rescue operations.
Four lakh people in nine districts of Bihar have been affected due to rise of water level in Kosi, Gandak and Bagmati rivers. Chief minister Jitan Ram Manji has deployed over dozen teams of National and State Disaster Response Force in flood hit regions.
Situation turned critical in Assam as Brahmaputra is flowing above normal levels causing adverse effects on Upper and central Assam districts. Animals in Kaziranga national Park and Pobitora wildlife sanctuary were moved to highlands to protect them from floods.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released Rs. 2 lakh for each of dead and Rs. 50,000 for each of seriously injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

Medaram Jathara

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