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Assam and Bihar: Six Dead, Over 55 Lakh Affected in Floods July 31,2020   |  Source: The Wire

Six people died in Assam and Bihar on Wednesday due to floods which have affected over 55 lakh people in the two states, while heavy rains lashed parts of Kerala inundating low lying areas and partially disrupting rail and road traffic. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Kerala’s high-range Idukki district with a forecast of widespread extremely heavy showers. However, a fresh spell of rains brought relief to the national capital from the sultry weather but caused waterlogging in low-lying areas, affecting traffic movement, electricity and water supply.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, said, “The monsoon trough will be close to Delhi-NCR from Tuesday evening to Thursday.” “During this period, southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea and easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal will reach Haryana, Delhi-NCR, West Uttar Pradesh and northeast Rajasthan,” he said, adding that under the influence of these systems, heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur over these areas. In Assam, three people drowned in floodwater and close to 17 lakh people across 21 districts remained affected by the deluge despite an improvement in the flood situation across the state, according to an official bulletin on Wednesday.

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