Rain wreaks havoc in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, 8 dead

September 24, 2018 | By | Reply More

Incessant showers triggered flash floods and landslides in the hill states of northern India with at least eight people killed on Monday in rain-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

rainIn the wake of heavy rains, a “red alert” was issued in Punjab where educational institutes have been ordered to remain closed on Tuesday. Schools have also been closed in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir and in most places of Himachal Pradesh.

Heavy rains led to landslides which blocked the roads to Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri, affecting the Chardham Yatra, while traffic snarls were witnessed in the national capital due to waterlogging following downpour.

The Punjab government has asked district authorities to maintain vigil to avert any untoward situation due to heavy rains, an official said.

Punjab has been witnessing widespread rain for the last two days and the downpour continued Monday, prompting state authorities to review preparations to tackle flood-like situations.

The Army has been asked to remain on alert to help Punjab deal with any eventuality arising out of the situation, an official spokesperson here said in a release. The DCs have been asked to identify hotspots with clear evacuation and relief plans ready before hand, the spokesperson said.

Incessant rains in Punjab and Haryana could cause damage to kharif crops and dip in their yield, farm experts said.

In Haryana’s Ambala, a 45-year-old man died when the roof of his home collapsed due to heavy rains, police said.

Torrential rains triggered flash floods in Himachal Pradesh, sweeping away a man and a girl in Kangra and Kullu districts, respectively. A “high alert” has been sounded for Kullu district.

Several houses were also swept away in flash floods as the Beas is flowing at a dangerous level, HP forest minister Govind Singh Thakur said, cautioning people against going near rivers and nullahs.

An Indian Air Force team had rescued, + with the help of a chopper, 21 people stranded due to flash floods at Dobi in Kullu district in the last 48 hours.

BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur said, “So far, 126 roads have been affected by landslides triggered by rains and news of the loss of lives are too pouring in from many places.”

People residing in low-lying areas, especially in Kangra, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts, are being evacuated, officials said.

In Chamba, the Ravi river is still flowing at a dangerous level and people are being evacuated from low-lying areas by the administration since Sunday, superintendent of police Monica Bhutunguru said.

Issuing a flood warning, the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said excess water from the Pong Dam would be released due to high-pattern inflows in the Pong reservoir due to heavy rain in catchment areas.

In Uttarakhand, most of the places including state capital Dehradun received showers with around 45 rural roads blocked in these districts, the state emergency operation centre said.

Heavy rains lashed several parts of the national capital, causing waterlogging and traffic snarls on major intersections in the city.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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