Rain Fury In North India; 24 Dead In Himachal, Delhi On Alert: 10 Points

Rain fury has unfolded in north India after several states in southern and western parts of the country were hit by floods earlier this month.


Heavy rainfall has battered several states in North India.

New Delhi:  Monsoon rains continue to hammer several states in north India after at least 30 people were killed in floods and landslides on Sunday. In Himachal Pradesh, one of the worst-hit states, at least 24 people have died and multiple incidents of landslides have blocked highways and roads leaving tourists stranded. A flood alert has been issued in parts of Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh as the Yamuna and other rivers neared the danger mark. Army is on standby in eight districts of Punjab where situation continues to be grim in areas near the Sutlej River.
Here's your ten-point cheatsheet on this big story:
  1. Water level in the Yamuna River is likely to cross the danger mark this evening, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today, urging people in low-lying areas to move to temporary shelters set up by the administration. So far, 2,120 temporary shelters have been set up.
  2. In Punjab, 250 villages in eight districts - Ropar, Nawanshahr, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Tarn Taran, Moga and Ferozepur - are on alert where overflowing dams and rivers have caused flooding. Weather office has predicted heavy rain in several parts of the state today.
  3. More than 209 villages have been evacuated in Punjab as a precautionary measure. Three people have died so far in the state due to heavy rains. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the flood situation is being monitored closely.
  4. Heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh in the last three days has caused an estimated loss of Rs 574 crore, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said today. In the last 24 hours, 22 people have lost their lives and 43 have been killed so far this monsoon season, he added.
  5. Himachal Pradesh received record rain on Sunday. "The state as a whole received 102.5 mm of rainfall and this was 1,065 per cent more than normal for this day," the India Meteorological Department said in a statement, adding that this is the "highest ever rainfall for a 24-hour period" in the state.
  6. In Uttarakhand, flash floods in Uttarkashi district's Mori block struck several villages, washing away houses on Sunday. A cloudburst in Mori block killed 17 people; two locals were airlifted this morning from the area and brought to the Doon hospital in Dehradun. 18 people are still missing. All schools are closed in the state today.
  7. In Haryana, nine people stuck in Karnal district due to sudden rise of water in the Yamuna River were rescued by the Air Force this morning. The rescue operation was carried out by the IAF in the early hours of Monday "despite adverse weather", senior police officer Navdeep Singh Virk said. Deputy commissioners in five districts have been requested to keep a close watch on the situation.
  8. In Uttar Pradesh, several rivers, including Ganga, Yamuna and Ghaghra, are in spate. The Ganga is flowing above the danger mark in Badaun, Garhmukteshwar, Naraura and Farrukhabad.
  9. Heavy rain battered parts of Rajasthan over the weekend. Several rivers and dams are overflowing and the district authorities are on high alert. 
  10. Rain fury has unfolded in north India after several states in southern and western parts of the country were hit by floods earlier this month. Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala have been the worst-hit states where lakhs have been displaced out of their homes.

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Monsoon rains continue to hammer several states in north India
In Punjab, 250 villages in eight districts are on alert
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will chair an emergency meet today

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