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85 dead, 68 lakh displaced as rains pound north & east (Adapted from The Indian Express, Relevant for GS Mains Paper III, Topic: Natural disasters)

Extent of disaster
With the monsoon trough moving toward northern parts of India, overflowing reservoirs and swirling rivers in combination with lightning strikes have claimed 85 lives over the last few days in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, displacing close to 68 lakh people and rendering tens of thousands homeless.

The National Disaster Response Force and State rescue and relief teams evacuated people from the danger zones and moved them to camps.

Worst affected areas
In Assam, which was the worst-affected, more than two dozen lives were lost in the floods, and about 37 lakh people in 3,300 villages were displaced from their homes. Close to 80 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhinoceros, lay submerged.

In Bihar, flood waters affected over 26 lakh people in 2,034 villages. Among the rivers flowing above the danger level are Baghmati at Benibad, Kamlabalan at Jhanjharpur and Kosi at Baltara.  



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