36 dead in rain-related incidents across India

Thirty-six people were killed in rain-related incidents across the country on Sunday with heavy showers in Kerala, where a red alert was sounded in five districts, even as the floodwater receded in some parts of Assam.

Lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan accounted for 22 of the deaths. Twenty-six MGNREGA labourers were injured in the desert state when lightning struck them. The toll in Assam floods rose to 64 with the deaths of five more people.

Two deaths were reported from Morigaon district and one each from Dhemaji, Goalpara and Kamrup districts, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Eighteen of the state’s 33 districts still remain submerged, affecting 38.37 lakh people.

The death count of animals at the Kaziranga National Park stood at 141. In Bihar, the death toll due to the flood crossed the 100-mark, with five fresh deaths reported since Saturday from Madhubani district, which accounted for 23 of the total 102 casualties.