Heavy rains have battered many states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. The situation in Maharashtra, where 87 people have lost their lives in monsoon-related incidents, is worse than any other states in the country, official sources said.
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Though ravaged by torrential rains too, districts like Raigad, Sangli, Solapur, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Hingoli, and Chandrapur have been spared of any casualties so far.
Owing to a severe rains and flood situation in Gadchiroli and surroundings, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis air-dashed to the district on Monday evening to a spot assessment and to guide the rescue and relief operations there.
In Gujarat, six persons died in lightning strikes and hundreds of people have been rendered roofless because of the heavy rain that lashed the state in the past four days. The meteorological department has predicted heavy rain in 14 districts of the state in the next 24 hours.
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Similarly, torrential rain has affected normal life in Madhya Pradesh. Lightning has so far claimed 20 lives in the state and low-lying areas in many districts were under knee-deep water. The government has launched a rescue operation in the flood-affected areas. The weather office predicted more rainfall in the coming days.