Rains lash northern states

25 dead in HP, Punjab; eight missing in U’khand

NEW DELHI: Heavy rains lashed northern parts, leaving at least 22 people dead in Himachal Pradesh and eight missing after cloudburst in Uttarakhand, while a flood alert was sounded in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab as Yamuna and other rivers were in spate.
In view of heavy discharge being released in the rivers in Haryana, the state’s Revenue and Disaster Management Department has requested to direct the concerned Army officials to be on stand by.
In southern India, the death toll in flood-ravaged Kerala climbed to 116 with the retrieval of more bodies. Ground Penetrating Radars were put into use to locate bodies at Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad, where massive landslides had wiped out two villages.
Delhi witnessed rains with the maximum temperature settling at 29.7 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 24.8 degrees, two notches below the season’s average. As the water level in the Yamuna river neared warning level, the Delhi government sounded a flood alert for the city and asked people in the low-lying areas to vacate their place. An official said the Yamuna river was flowing at 203.37 metre on Sunday evening and its water level is expected to rise further in next 24 hours after 8.14 lakh cusec water was released from the Hathini Kund barrage in Harayana at 5 pm.
Extremely heavy rains were observed at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
In Uttarakhand, at least eight people were missing and several others injured in heavy rains at various places, State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) said. Cloudbursts in Mori block of Uttarkashi district wreaked havoc in several villages, damaging several houses in Arakot, Makuri and Tikochi villages.
A woman was also washed away in Dehradun district when her car fell into a seasonal river, they said.
Heavy rains remained unabated in Himachal Pradesh, leaving at least 22 people, including two Nepalese, dead and nine others injured in rain-related incidents in the state. Due to heavy rains, district officials in the state have ordered closure of all educational institutions in Shimla and Kullu on Monday. Gates of the Pandoh and the Nathpa Jhakri dams in Himachal Pradesh are being opened as the water level in the Beas and Sutlej rivers is very high. Train services between Shimla and Kalka were disrupted on Sunday after multiple landslides blocked the rail route in the state.
Heavy rains remained unabated in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday causing floods in some parts, while authorities sounded high alert in the two states.
In the Yamuna river, water level rose dangerously at the Hathni Kund barrage in Yamuna Nagar. Following heavy rains in Aol village of Punjab, three members of a family were killed when the roof of their house collapsed. (PTI)

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