More than 34 dead in North India rain rampage, Himachal worst-hit

New Delhi: Heavy rain in several parts of north India has brought the region to its knees, claiming more than 34 lives in the past three days.

In cities and towns, many roads and buildings remain submerged in knee-deep water. The weather department has predicted more downpour for Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Delhi and its adjoining areas over the next couple of days.

Frightening images of the chaos – vehicles floating like paper boats, muddy waters gushing into residential areas, structures submerged on the banks by the swollen rivers and land cave-ins – were shared online by people from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi.

 

Rain fury unleashing havoc across North India.

In Himachal Pradesh, landslides and flash floods, triggered by incessant rain, damaged houses, structures and paralysed normal life. Some shops and vehicles were also washed away in flash floods in Manali, Kullu, Kinnaur and Chamba as all major rivers – including Ravi, Beas, Satluj, Swan and Chenab – are in spate.

Landslides and flash floods were reported in neighboring Uttarakhand too, with reports of water level in rivers and streams crossing the danger mark.

The Delhi government has set up 16 control rooms to monitor the flood-prone areas after Haryana released more than one lakh cusecs of water into the Yamuna river from the Hathnikund barrage.

A red alert has been issued for Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The Amarnath Yatra resumed on July 9 from the Panjtarni and the Sheshnag base camps after remaining suspended for three days.

Heavy rain in several parts of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana led to massive waterlogging and flooding in low-lying areas, prompting authorities to swing into action in the worst-hit places.

The IMD said an interaction between a western disturbance and monsoonal winds is leading to an intense rainfall spell over northwest India.

Rain fury unleashing havoc across North India.


IMD issues red alert for northeast India, Sikkim, Bihar

The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for northeast India, Sikkim, and Bihar with the region expected to receive over 204.4 mm of rainfall.

The weather office also expects localized flooding, landslides and flash floods in these regions and has advised people to avoid areas prone to water logging and stay away from vulnerable structures.

The country received 2 per cent above normal rains at 271.3 mm during 1-12 June.

50,000 tourists evacuated: Himachal CM

Rescuers in Himachal Pradesh have evacuated more than 50,000 tourists, including Israelis, from across the state, and the road connectivity to Manali has been restored as well as efforts are underway to restore the network in Kasol and its nearby places, officials said on Thursday.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu informed in a tweet that more than 50,000 tourists from Himachal Pradesh have been rescued in the last 48 hours until 8 pm on July 12.

Heavy to extremely heavy rains have battered Himachal Pradesh, triggering landslides and flash floods, inundating many areas and washing away the road network across the state.

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