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Heavy rain has driven some districts of north India to their knees, claiming more than 28 deaths in the last three days.
Many roads and buildings in cities and towns are still flooded in knee-deep water.
Over the next several days, the meteorological service predicts further rain in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Delhi, and its surrounding districts.
People from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Delhi uploaded terrifying photographs of the pandemonium online, including automobiles floating like paper boats, filthy waters rushing into residential areas, structures flooded on the banks of swollen rivers, and land cave-ins.
Landslides and flash floods caused by persistent rain devastated residences and structures in Himachal Pradesh, paralysing regular life. As all major rivers, including the Ravi, Beas, Satluj, Swan, and Chenab, are in spate, some shops and vehicles have been washed away in Manali, Kullu, Kinnaur, and Chamba.
Heavy Landslides in Himachal Pradesh
Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, the Chief Minister, has asked people to stay indoors for the next 24 hours. “I would like to request that all residents of the state remain at home for the next 24 hours due to the impending heavy rain.” We have established three helplines: 1100, 1070, and 1077. You can contact these numbers to give information about anyone who is trapped in the disaster. “I am available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he added in a statement.
“So far, more than 20 people have died primarily as a result of traffic accidents and other causes.” The death toll from landslides and flash floods is lower. Over 1,300 roads in the state are affected, including important national highways, district and link roads. “For the next two days, we will be on high alert,” Himachal Pradesh Minister Jagat Singh Negi stated today.
Landslides and flash floods were also recorded in nearby Uttarakhand, with water levels in rivers and streams above danger levels.
Delhi on high-alert
Today, all schools in Gurgaon and Delhi are closed due to flooding caused by heavy rain. To minimise traffic bottlenecks, the Gurgaon administration has also urged corporate houses to work from home today.
After Haryana released more than one lakh cusecs of water into the Yamuna river from the Hathnikund barrage, the Delhi government established 16 control centers to monitor flood-prone districts.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal presided over a high-level meeting to resolve waterlogging caused by rain in the city and rising water levels in the Yamuna. Floods are unlikely in Delhi, Mr. Kejriwal said today, citing expert projections. If necessary, we would relocate people from low-lying areas to safe areas, he added.
Red alert in kathua and samba
A red alert has been issued for the Jammu and Kashmir districts of Kathua and Samba. The Amarnath Yatra, however, started on Sunday from the Panjtarni and Sheshnag base camps after being stopped for three days.
Heavy rains in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana caused massive waterlogging and floods in low-lying areas, causing officials to mobilise in the worst-affected areas.
According to the IMD, an interaction between a western disturbance and monsoonal winds is causing a severe rainstorm over northwest India.