Incessant rains continued to wreak havoc in the Northeast, where 11 people were killed in landslides and floods today while in Delhi and several states, downpours brought respite from hot and humid conditions. Five persons were killed and nine went missing after a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains hit eight dwellings at Laptap village in Arunchal Pradesh's Papum Pare district. The flood situation further deteriorated in Assam as six more persons were killed, while over 15 lakh people across 23 districts in the state were affected by the deluge. So far, 39 people have been killed in flood-related incidents in Assam, including eight in Guwahati. Waterlogging and landslide incidents were reported from across the state, where 8,82,315 animals and poultry have been affected by flood waters and major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, were flowing above the danger mark. Heavy rains lashed Delhi as well, bringing the mercury down in the national capital. The maximum temperature was recorded at 35.8 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season, while the minimum settled at 28.5 degrees Celsius, five notches below average. Heavy rains were reported in several parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, where showers left several roads and low-lying areas waterlogged. The metropolis recorded nearly 140 mm rainfall since yesterday, weather officials said. Sriniketan (54.6 mm) and Coochbehar (93.8 mm) are the other places which recorded heavy rainfall. In Bihar, intermittent rains continued to keep the temperature low, even as many towns witnessed waterlogging in the wake of downpours. Patna received 41.7 mm rain and recorded a maximum temperature of 29 degrees Celsius, prompting authorities to order closure of schools till class VIII today and tomorrow. Waterlogging was reported in Darbhanga and other towns of the state too. In Rajasthan, light to moderate rains were recorded at a few places in Udaipur and Bharatpur districts since yesterday. At 40.5 degree Celsius, Sriganganagar was recorded the hottest place in the state, while Jaipur registered a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius. There was a drop in mercury levels in several parts of Punjab and Haryana as rains lashed both the states. Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 32.9 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal, weather officials said.
Rains in several states; landslides, floods hit Northeast
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