Flash floods caused by incessant rains marooned several parts of Chhattisgarh and Orissa while in the northern belt, the weather remained mostly dry with subdued rainfall activity.

Thousands were affected and one person was washed away in flash floods triggered by torrential rains for the last three days in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district. Helicopters and boats were used to rescue people as houses were flattened and highways cut off.

Similar situation prevailed in Orissa where flash floods hit Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Koraput, Gajapati, and Balangir districts. About 40,000 people were affected as the sudden gush of water claimed one life in Malkangiri while another went missing at Nabaragpur.

The south-west monsoon was also vigorous in Maharashtra and interior Karnataka.

Meanwhile, sultry weather conditions were experienced in most parts of Punjab and Haryana with Hisar recording a maximum temperature of 36.5 degrees C, two notches above normal.

The maximum in Chandigarh, which received light showers, stood at 36 degrees, four above normal, followed by Ludhiana 35.7 degrees C and Amritar 34.6 degrees C while the high in Karnal, which recorded 6.6 mm of rains, settled at 34 degrees.

Most parts of Rajasthan received scattered rainfall, however, the mercury showed a rising trend in the state. While Chittorgarh received 3.6 mm rainfall, Pratapgarh, Ramsar and Dabok recorded 10 cm, 9 cm and 8 cm overnight rainfall respectively.

Uttar Pradesh, which was lashed by heavy rains in the past two weeks, saw subdued rainfall activity today. However, most of the rivers continue to flow close to danger levels.

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