Rain fury continued across the country today, with downpour-induced landslides ravaging vast swathes of land in Nagaland and blocking a major highway in Jammu and Kashmir even as five more deaths were reported due to the deluge in Assam. Heavy rains in Uttar Pradesh inundated several major rivers which are flowing above the danger level mark. Incessant showers in Himachal Pradesh overwhelmed major rivers and triggered landslides which blocked several roads. The weatherman predicted "heavy rains" in several pockets of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, east Rajasthan, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Goa and coastal Karnataka tomorrow. According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), five persons were killed in flood-related incidents in Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Nagaon and South Salmara districts. With this, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year's flood has gone up to 49, including eight in Guwahati, the ASDMA said. A BSF jawan is feared drowned in an inundated border outpost in Assam's Dhubri district, according to the force's officials. The floods have marooned more than 17.43 lakh people in 26 out of total 35 districts in the state. Around 77 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park has been inundated, leaving some animals dead while some have moved to nearby highlands. Authorities are running 382 relief camps and distribution centres in 19 districts, where 28,937 persons are currently taking shelter. Union minister Kiren Rijiju conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit districts. He was accompanied by officials of the National Disaster Response Force, NITI Ayog and National Disaster Management Authority. Torrential rains across Nagaland led to flash floods and landslides in several areas. Yeveto village under Niuland sub-division in Dimapur district was severely affected by the flood waters of Zubza river, officials said. Crops and plantations have been destroyed, livestock swept away and many families in the villages have been rendered homeless, they said. There were reports of landslides affecting the road transport in several parts of the state.
The Dimapur-Kohima National Highway-29 has also been badly damaged near Kiruphema village. Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all-weather road linking the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, was suspended due to landslides triggered by heavy overnight rains in Ramban and Udhampur districts. The men and machines of BRO are working to clear the blockade on the 300-km-long highway. Rains poured down in torrents in parts of Sirmaur, Kangra, Mandi districts in Himachal Pradesh. The local MeT office has warned of heavy rains in the mid and lower hills on July 16. Major rivers and their tributaries are in spate in lower areas of the state. Rains eluded the antional capital where the maximum temperature settled at 35.7 degrees Celsius. The mercury rose by a few notches in Punjab and Haryana as well.
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