Normal life has been disrupted in Assam, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh as torrential rains have led to flash floods, inundating at least 60 villages in the three states. Rescue operations are going on in Madhya Pradesh's Satna for the past three days by the Army and Home Guards.
"These rains were unprecedented, today is the third day of rescue ops," Madhu Tiwari, Commandant, Home Guard, was quoted as saying by ANI on Friday.
Helicopters were pressed into service in Satna and Rewa, another district in the state, to bring people to safety, the Press Trust of India reported. Five youths who had gone for a picnic at the Tamsa river bank in the state were missing, Rewa collector Rahul Jain was quoted as saying by the PTI.
Parts of Madhya Pradesh including Satna, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur, Raisen, Sagar, Damoh, Bhopal, Narsinghpur, Vidisha and Betul are likely to witness heavy rains in the next 24 hours, India Meteorological Department Bhopal Centre Director Dr Anupam Kashyapi said, PTI added.
In the Northeastern state, at least 20 villages in Jorhat's Dhakorgora block have been inundated as the Brahmaputra river was overflowing due to incessant rains. Flash floods in the region have led to water entering homes. Overall, about 90,000 people are believed to have been displaced this monsoon.
Over 250 villages spread across Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon and Biswanath districts have been affected, thewire.co.in quoted Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) sources as saying.
The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat district and Tezpur in Sonitpur district, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dikhow at Sivasagar, Dhansiri at Golaghat town and Numaligarh in Golaghat and Jia Bharali at the NT Road crossing in Sonitpur, the website added.
More than 6,000 hectares of crop have also been destroyed due to heavy rains in the state. Ferry services over the Brahmaputra have been stopped, the website said, citing the Kamrup Metropolitan District Administration.
Cloudburst and landslide caused by heavy rains in Uttarakhand's Chamoli and Pittoragarh have killed at least 40 people since the first week of July.
June-September monsoon trend
India has received about 35 percent more rainfall this monsoon in the week ended July 6, while the overall surplus for the country this June-September season is about 1 percent, according to a report in the Mint.