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Assam floods claim 4 more lives, over a million affected

New Delhi: The floods in Assam spread to more areas on Monday, claiming four lives during the day and affecting over a million people overall, even as one death was reported in rain-related incident from other part of the country.

Till Sunday, Assam's 23 districts were affected by the flood, which has now spread to 25 districts, hitting 13.2 lakh people, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in its daily bulletin.

The ASDMA said that with the fresh deaths, the state's flood toll has risen to 22.

The number of people affected till Sunday was nearly 9.3 lakh. The ASDMA in its daily bulletin said among the four lives lost on Monday are two rom Dibrugarh, and one each in Barpeta and Goalpara.

In Uttarakhand, heavy overnight rains triggered a landslide in Dakhim village of Pithoragarh district, leaving four persons including two women and a child injured, apart from damaging houses and killing livestock, an official said. SDRF personnel have been rushed to the spot to launch relief and rescue efforts, Sub-Divisional Magistrate A K Shukla said.

The injured were identified as Ramauti Devi (75), Nara Devi (35), Bhupal Singh (35) and 4-year-old Lakki.

Maximum temperatures hovered close to normal range in Haryana and Punjab on Monday with common capital Chandigarh recording a maximum of 36 degrees Celsius.

In Haryana, Ambala recorded a maximum of 36.3 degrees Celsius, while Bhiwani and Hisar were at 40.6 degrees Celsius and 40.9 degrees Celsius, respectively. Karnal recorded a high of 39 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 35 degrees Celsius, while Ludhiana registered a high of 35.9 degrees Celsius. Patiala's maximum settled at 37.6 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, a 45-year-old woman drowned in a rivulet in spate due to rains in Akot tehsil of Maharashtra's Akola district on Monday, an official said.

The incident happened in Vadali Deshmukh village when Sangita Wadokar was engaged in farm-related work and entered the rivulet, he said.

"An accidental death case was registered," Inspector Dnyanoba Phad of Akot Rural police station said.

In Uttar Pradesh, state capital Lucknow recorded a maximum temperature of 32.5 degrees Celsius, and a minimum of 22.8 degrees Celsius.

According to the meteorological department, rainfall was recorded in Ballia (7.0 cm), Gorakhpur (3.6 cm), Jhansi (1 cm), Fursatganj (7.4 mm), Varanasi (4.6 mm), Banda (4.0 mm) and Muzaffarnagar (3.0 mm). Agra was the hottest city in UP, where maximum temperature touched 41.6 degrees Celsius. Rain/thundershower is very likely at many places over eastern UP and at a few places over western UP on June 30.

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