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Rain affects normal life in north India

Low-lying areas in several districts, including Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Khordha were inundated as heavy rain pounded many parts of the state since Tuesday, they said. The depression, which concentrated into a deep depression, moved westwards before crossing the West Bengal coast close to Digha. It is likely to weaken gradually during the next 24 hours.

At least 18 people have died in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh since Wednesday night, taking the toll in different parts of the state since September 1 to 76, officials said.

The Central Water Commission said all the major rivers were flowing in spate. The Ganga, Ram Ganga, Sharda, Ghaghra and Quano were flowing above the danger mark at different places.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Basti, Gonda, Barabanki and Sitapur districts and also distributed relief material to the affected people.

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