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22 killed in weather-related incidents; floods render several homeless in NE India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Twenty-two people were killed in weather-related incidents while torrential rains in northeast states rendered thousands homeless, even as a cloud of dust hung over vast areas of today, bringing down the air quality in to "severe" level.

Fifteen people were killed in dust storms in and seven in rain-related incidents in Assam, and

Dusty winds continued to sweep the national capital and its adjoining area as the maximum temperature settled at 40.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

Delhi's air quality remained "severe" for the third day due to dust storms in Rajasthan, prompting authorities to issue warning to people to avoid staying outdoors for long and suspend construction activities, according to the (CPCB).

In the northeast torrential rain for the past three days has wreaked havoc in the region, with floods leaving thousands homeless in Tripura, Manipur, and

Two people were swept away by strong river currents in yesterday, while over 14,000 lost their homes as heavy downpour submerged parts of the state, officials said.

Biplab Kumar Deb, who visited the flood-hit areas, has briefed about the "critical situation" in the state.

In neighbouring Manipur, the has declared "holiday" till Friday at all educational and government establishments in Imphal and its adjoining districts in view of the flood situation.

Two people drowned in swollen rivers in separate incidents yesterday, according to police.

The water level in major rivers of receded this morning, but the situation continues to remain "vulnerable", officials said.

Fifteen relief camps have been set up across the state to help those affected by flood.

The situation in has worsened with three people losing their lives and nearly 1.7 lakh people affected across seven districts.

Landslides triggered by heavy downpour disrupted in Though no casualty has been reported, the extent of damage is yet to be ascertained, a said.

Heavy rain continued to lash parts of Mizoram, cutting off Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha districts in southern parts of the state from the rest of the country.

The 54 and another road via Thenzawl were closed after landslides last night.

The flood-affected states have engaged disaster management teams to evacuate and relocate people to safer areas and relief camps.

The western parts of India, too, experienced dust storms leading to cancellation of flights from the due to low visibility and the government issuing a advisory to stop construction activities.

Severe heat conditions have prevailed in most parts of Punjab, and over the last few days.

Chandigarh recorded a high of 39.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperatures at Ambala was 40.4 degrees Celsius, (41), Karnal (39.2), (39.5), (40.6) and Patiala (40.6).

In sharp showers brought brought relief to people and also reduced the presence of dust in several areas, including Shimla.

Scattered rains occurred at some places and Dharamsala was wettest with 42.6 mm rains.

The local has warned of thunderstorm and squall with gusty winds in mid and lower hills from June 15 to 17.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:40 IST