New Delhi, India (AP) — Heavy rains continued to lash northern India Saturday as the death toll in the recent flooding rose to 488 in the area, the United News of India reported.

At least 47 districts of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, were reported flood affected as major rivers in the area continued to rise, the news agency said.

Ten people were killed in rain triggered accidents in the state in the past 24 hours, taking the current flood death toll to 488, officials said.

Chief Minister Vir Bahadur Singh, the state’s top elected official, left Uttar Pradesh Saturday for New Delhi to seek federal assistance in tackling the situation, UNI reported.

The loss to private and public property and crops in the state is estimated at more than $2.5 million, according to official figures.

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