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Nature fury: Over 160 dead due to heat wave in Odisha; Floods claim 2 lives in Assam

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Last Updated: June 12, 2015, 16:58 IST

Nature fury: Over 160 dead due to heat wave in Odisha; Floods claim 2 lives in Assam

Meanwhile, rains brought relief to Mumbai and Ranchi, which had been reeling under intense heat wave for days.

After days of hide and seek, monsoon finally hit Mumbai with the city and its suburbs experiencing light to medium showers on Thursday. Though the monsoon is delayed, the MET department has said that it is likely to pick up pace as it moves north.

Another region that experienced rain was the capital of Jharkhand. Ranchi, which had been reeling under intense heat wave, got some relief with rains. Temperature in the area had been around 40-43 degree Celsius over the past few days.

However, there were no signs of south west monsoon as deadly heat wave continued to sweep neighbouring Odisha. The death toll in the state due to heat wave surged up to over 160 with as many as 14 places recording temperature above 40 degree Celsius. State capital Bhubaneswar recorded the highest temperature of 44 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, the situation was completely contrasting in the northeastern state of Assam with at least three lakh people in over 700 villages due to floods, which also claimed two lives.

Heavy rainfall has caused several rivers, including the Brahmaputra to overflow, in the state. Sonitpur was the worst affected district with more than 60,000 people displaced. Agriculture in the region was the worst hit with the floods destroying crops across 10,000 hectares in the Bramhaputra valley.

first published:June 12, 2015, 09:25 IST
last updated:June 12, 2015, 16:58 IST