About 1,97,248 people were affected by the deluge, with Hojai and Cachar being the most affected with 78,157 and 51,357 people affected respectively, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin said. A total of 652 villages in 46 tax circles in 20 districts have been affected so far, he added.

About 55 relief camps have been opened in seven districts, housing 32,959 people. Twelve other relief distribution centers are also operational in different affected districts. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Disaster Response Force (SDRF), fire and emergency services, in addition to locals, carried out rescue operations in flood-affected areas.

Embankments have been drilled at 16 locations in different districts in the past 24 hours. Roads, bridges and houses were completed or partially damaged in several areas.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy skies led to a marginal drop in the maximum temperature in Delhi on Monday, although it was still two to four notches above normal. At Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, the maximum temperature stood at 42.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. It was 45.6 degrees Celsius, the highest this year so far, on Sunday.

Automatic weather stations at Najafgarh, Mungeshpur, Sports Complex, Jafarpur, Ayanagar, Pitampura and Ridge recorded maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees Celsius, 44.4 degrees Celsius, 44 degrees Celsius, 43.9 degrees Celsius, 43.4 degrees Celsius, 43.3 degrees Celsius and 43.1 degrees Celsius. Celsius, respectively. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said a thunderstorm or dust storm could drop the mercury a few notches on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Delhi experienced a tormenting heat wave pushing the mercury to 49.2 degrees Celsius in Mungeshpur in northwestern Delhi and 49.1 degrees Celsius in Najafgarh in the southwestern parts of the city. Maximum temperatures had reached unbearable highs of 48.4 degrees Celsius at the sports complex, 47.5 degrees Celsius at Jafarpur, 47.3 degrees Celsius at Pitampura and 47.2 degrees Celsius at Ridge.

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