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31 rain-led deaths in Gujarat since June 1

Torrential rains battered the northeastern region on Monday, triggering a flood-like situation in Arunachal Pradesh and worsening the deluge in Assam, even as the Gujarat government said it has recorded 31 rain- related deaths in the state since the onset of monsoon.

The weatherman has predicted "extremely heavy rains" in Assam, where more than 3.5 lakh people have been hit by floods, and Meghalaya.
"Heavy to very heavy rains" are very likely in Arunachal Pradesh, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar and east Uttar Pradesh.
More heavy rains have been predicted for Nagaland and Manipur, where a downpour had yesterday triggered flash floods and landslides, and hit normal life. As many as 31 people are feared to have died in rain- related incidents in various parts of Gujarat since monsoon hit the state on June 1, a state government official said.
Meanwhile, a downpour triggered water-logging in several areas of Ahmedabad, which resulted in traffic jams. The city received 22 mm of rainfall between 7 am and 4 pm. Kalol city in Gandhinagar district and Bhavnagar city received 53 mm and 46 mm of rainfall, respectively.
According to the State Emergency Response Centre, heavy rains have caused the water level in several dams to rise to nearly 90 per cent of their capacity, following which a "high alert" has been sounded for Fatehgadh dam in Kutch, the Demi-3 dam in Morbi, the Khodapipar dam in Rajkot and the Dholidhaja dam in Surendranagar.
The water level in the 163 metre-high Sardar Sarovar dam in Narmada district has surged to 115.02 metres, it said.
The flood situation in the Imphal Valley in Manipur remained grim with heavy showers triggering water-logging in Imphal East and Thoubal districts.

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