774 dead in monsoon rains, floods in 7 states

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NEW DELHI: As many as 774 people have died in incidents related to floods and rains in seven states during the monsoon season so far, the Home Ministry said today.
According to the Home Ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), 187 people have lost their lives in Kerala, 171 in Uttar Pradesh, 170 people in West Bengal and 139 in Maharashtra due to the floods and rains in this monsoon season. As many as 52 people lost their lives in Gujarat, 45 in Assam and eight in Nagaland.
A total of 27 people were also missing in Kerala (22) and West Bengal (5), while 245 others received injuries in rain-related incidents in the states.
The deluge and rains have hit 26 districts in Maharashtra, 23 in Assam, 22 in West Bengal, 14 in Kerala, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 Nagaland and 10 in Gujarat.
In Assam, 11.45 lakh people have borne the brunt of the rains and floods, which also hit crops in 27,552 hectres of land.
Altogether 15 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in rescue and relief operations in Assam, the NERC said.
A team of the NDRF comprises 45 personnel.
Eight NDRF teams were deployed in Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, seven in Gujarat, four each in Kerala and Maharashtra and one in Nagaland.
The MeT department has issued alerts for 16 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
The situation remained grave in Kerala even as the rains relented on Sunday. As per the latest report, the water level in the Idukki dam, recorded at 5 am today, was 2397.94 feet. (The Full Reservoir Level of the dam is 2403 feet.)
So far at least 39 people have been killed and thousands of people have been accommodated in relief camps set up in different areas.
The weather department has issued a ‘Red alert’, asking people to be cautious as there was a possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places in Idukki, Wayanad, Kannur, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Malappuram districts.
Rajnath Singh told the media that the state has witnessed the worst ever situation since 1924 and there has been all round damage caused to crops, homes, properties besides tourism activities and the lives of one lakh people have been affected.
The minister said that considering the grave situation, “I have made an immediate release of Rs 100 crore” and a new central team would be sent soon for the assessment of the damages. Singh also met a delegation of the Congress-led opposition besides leaders from his party also.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had on Sunday submitted a memorandum to the visiting Union home minister Rajnath Singh seeking Rs 8,316 crore as a special package for dealing with the situation.
Himachal Pradesh
After heavy overnight rains, most of the roads in the interiors of Himachal Pradesh remained closed to traffic on Monday, stranding hundreds of travellers and commuters.
Reports said five persons were buried under a landslide in Kandaghat area in Solan district. One of them reportedly died as rescue work was still on at the time of writing this report.