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70 lakh affected in floods in Bihar, northeast India; toll mounts to 44

The flood situation remained grim in parts of northeast and Bihar as the death toll mounted to 44 on Monday, with nearly 70 lakh people affected, even as north India witnessed widespread rainfall.

In Assam, the deluge spread to 30 of the state’s 33
districts, affecting nearly 43 lakh people and claiming 15 lives, besides
submerging rhino habitats the Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife
Sanctuary and the Manas National Park.

Prime Minister NarendraModi spoke to Chief Minister
SarbanandaSonowal over phone and discussed about the prevailing condition on
Monday.

Altogether, 42.87 lakh people in 4,157 villages are reeling
under the impact of the floods that have overrun 1,53,211 hectares of farm land
with standing crops, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA)
said.

The death toll in the Bihar floods mounted to 24, with 25.66
lakh people reeling from the deluge in 12 districts of the state following
incessant rains in neighbouring country Nepal.

At least 1,000 families had to be evacuated in Lunglei
district of Mizoram as raging waters of the Khawthlangtuipuiriver flooded 32
villages, while rain-related incidents led to the death of five people in the
state, officials said.

Incessant rains across Meghalaya for the last seven days and
rising waters of two rivers flooded the plains of West Garo Hills district,
affecting at least 1.14 lakh people.

Rising waters of the Brahmaputra and the
Jinjiram rivers, both flowing from Assam, submerged the low-lying areas of the
district, an official said.

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