Heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh: Several hill roads in the state have been hit with landslides
New Delhi: Heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh for the last three days has claimed 19 lives. The state capital Shimla also received the highest rain in August in 117 years, the weather office has said. It has warned the hill state could experience more rain. The India Meteorological Department or IMD has also forecast heavy rain in other states. Goa and the Konkan region, Odisha and Kerala will continue to experience heavy rain, the weather office has said. A fall in pressure in the Bay of Bengal will bring rain to Uttarakhand in the next 24 hours, the IMD has said. Thirty-nine people have died in Kerala due to floods, and thousands have been displaced.
Here is your 10-point cheat sheet on the rain situation:
- A five-year-old boy drowned in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra this morning, taking the number of rain-related deaths to 19. Six National Highways are among over 900 roads closed across Himachal Pradesh due to landslides, state government officials said on Monday. Relief teams have warned people not to go to landslide-prone areas unless absolutely necessary.
- All trains on the Kalka-Shimla route were cancelled on Monday due to landslips on the tracks. All trains on the Kalka-Shimla route were cancelled on Monday due to landslips on the tracks. People living at low-lying areas have been asked not to go near the Beas river as water is being released from Pandoh dam in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district.
- In Kerala, heavy rain over the last six days has been the worst since the unforgettable flood of 1924, which lasted three weeks and caused huge damage to life and property.
- Kerala minister Thomas Isaac said the total loss due to floods is estimated to be Rs 8,000 crore. He criticised the centre for announcing a relief grant of only Rs 100 crore.
- Heavy rain in Uttarakhand has created a flood-like situation in several areas of the hill state, people in the state disaster management authority said. Water level in the rivers is rising.
- In Rishikesh, the water level of the Ganga river is at 339.5 metres, just a metre shy of the danger mark of 340.5 metres. People living right on the riverbank have been asked to keep an eye on the water level and evacuate if necessary.
- Rain up to 30 cm hit Karnataka's coastal and south interior districts, causing landslides and disrupting normal life, officials said today. A landslide at Sakleshpur sub-district in the Western Ghats has blocked traffic on Bengaluru-Mangaluru route
- The Odisha government has told all senior district officials to remain alert to a possible flood situation after forecast of heavy rain in the next 24 hours.
- Odisha's special relief commissioner BP Sethi, in letters to district collectors, said a low pressure area over north-west Bay of Bengal is likely to trigger heavy rain in almost all districts of the state.
- Fishermen in Odisha have been warned against going out to the sea for the next 24 hours, Mr Sethi said. "All collectors are requested to remain alert and keep the administrative machinery prepared to face any eventuality," he said.
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