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22 die in floods in Madhya Pradesh and Assam
Flash floods have killed at least 22 people in Assam and Madhya Pradesh and have forced more than 1,70,000 to move from their homes. Heavy rainfall has been recorded in the two affected States. As per weather reports, the rain was 35% above average in the week that ended on July 6.
With water levels rising above the danger mark in the Narmada river, twenty people were killed in Madhya Pradesh and 70,000 people were left homeless. Rescue teams have been constantly trying to rescue women and children in flooded villages with the help of inflatable boats to reach people stranded in urban areas.

"Thousands of people will be evacuated today. We are working on a war footing mode to set up relief camps", additional home secretary, Basant Singh said in Bhopal, the State capital.

"The health department is distributing medicines to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases", he added.

In Assam, heavy rains resulted in deaths of at least two people and 1,00,000 people being forced to take shelter on higher ground.

The rain has also swelled the Brahmaputra river, which flows into Bangladesh, to dangerous levels. Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal ordered officials to distribute food, clothing and medicines to people who could not return to their homes.

Brahmaputra waters have also submerged 60 per cent of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary located in Morigaon district and damaged around 50 per cent infrastructure of the world's densest habitat of the Great Indian one-horn rhinoceros.

IMD Bhopal Director, Anupam Kashyapi told PTI that heavy to very heavy rains are likely to lash Indore, Ujjain and Hoshangabad divisions, besides some parts of the State capital tomorrow.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and assured him of all help in rescue and relief operations.

Heavy rainfall was also recorded in parts of Himachal Pradesh and more rainfall is predicted in the coming week. Dharamsala received 18 mm since yesterday. 

However, in Haryana, Punjab, and Chandigarh, there has been no significant rainfall, leading to a rise in mercury level during the past few days. Hisar in Haryana was the hottest place in the two states recording a maximum temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius, up two notches against normal.

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