Maine’s Drought Task Force says conditions are getting worse, with little relief on the way.
Since the task force met two weeks ago, the area in severe drought has grown to 42 percent of the state.
It now covers parts of Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and Washington Counties in addition to Aroostook County.
That area has been in severe drought for more than seven weeks.
While above-normal precipitation is expected in the next 6 to 10 days, conditions may still get worse.
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Landslide Buries a House Killing a Man and Two Children in Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh, India #Landslide #Uttarakhand #Pithoragarh #India
A man and his two children were buried alive when their house collapsed following rains in Pithoragarh district early on Friday, while the body of a woman was found in a village four days after she went missing in the wake of a landslide.
Intermittent rains also lashed various parts of the state blocking several roads, including those leading to the Himalayan temples.
A house collapsed following rains around 3 am in Chaisar village of Pithoragarh district, killing its owner Kushal Nath and his two children, including son Dhanajay aged four and daughter Nikita aged two, besides leaving his wife Nidhi (25) injured, Pithoragarh District Magistrate V K Jogdande said.
The house seems to have collapsed because of being old, he said.
Kushal Nath, 27, had recently bought it from someone, the DM said.
SDRF and police personnel extricated the bodies from the rubble of the house besides rescuing Nath’s wife who was injured in the incident, Jogdande said.
Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Office in Dehradun said the body of 32-year-old Bhagirathi Devi, who had gone missing after a landslide on August 17, was found in Jumma village of Dharchula area in Pithoragarh district on Friday.
The roads leading to Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri got blocked at several points with rocks and boulders tumbling down the hills following rains, the state disaster management office said in Dehradun.
The Rishikesh-Badrinath highway was blocked in Totaghati in Chamoli, the road to Kedarnath at Jaleshwar Mahadev and Sitapur parking at Rudraprayag and the one to Yamunotri at Silai bend in Uttarkashi, it said.
Tawaghat-Pangla, Tawaghat-Sobla, Jauljibi-Munsiyari and Ghat-Pithoragarh roads in Pithoragarh district were also blocked besides Bhatraujkhan-Ramnagar road in Almora, Dugadda-Kotdwar road in Pauri district and the road beyond Kodiyala at Vyasi in Tehri district, the disaster management office said.
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Bihar flood situation grim; Heavy rains lash many states, ‘orange’ alert for Mumbai #Floods #OrangeAlert #Mumbai #Bihar #India
Heavy rains submerged low-lying areas and snapped road links in many states, including Odisha, Uttarakhand and Gujarat, while the flood situation worsened in Bihar, with the number of people affected by the deluge increasing to 82.92 lakh on Friday.
In Uttarakhand, a man and his two children were buried alive when their house collapsed following rains in Pithoragarh district, while the body of a woman was found in a village four days after she went missing during a landslide.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Maharashtra has issued an “orange” alert for Mumbai, Thane and rest of the Konkan region for Saturday, forecasting heavy rainfall.
The orange alert implies that authorities should be ready to handle situations arising out of severe weather.
The flood situation in Bihar remained grim with an additional 1.13 lakh people bearing the brunt in 16 districts in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of affected people to 82.92 lakh, a Disaster Management Department bulletin said.
Flood-related deaths remained unchanged at 27, it said and as many as 82,92,464 people have been affected by the deluge in 1,322 panchayats of 130 blocks since Thursday.
Courtesy of deccanherald.com