Heavy rains threw life out of gear from Maharashtra to Gujarat. Due to continuous rains in Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, the condition of the people is miserable. The Meteorological Department has issued an alert for heavy rain in 18 states. These include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu including Arunachal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya.
Heavy rains in Gujarat
Heavy rain wreaked havoc in Junagadh, Navsari in Gujarat. 14 inches of rain on Mount Girnar caused devastation in Junagadh. The roads in the city turned into swollen rivers. Many vehicles were washed away in the water. Gas tanks were seen flowing in water in Navsari. In Ahmedabad too, after heavy rains, water entered the airport. The Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for heavy rains in Bhavnagar, Navsari, Junagadh and Valsad for Sunday as well.
Heavy rains in Punjab and Haryana
The flood is visible in 1457 villages due to heavy rains in Punjab and Haryana. There was water logging in the low-lying areas of both states. The pilgrimage to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor has been suspended for the next two days due to rain. Due to heavy rains in Punjab, Heritage Street near the Golden Temple in Amritsar is also waterlogged.
At the same time, the Tangri River is in spate in Ambala, Haryana and water has entered many houses in some areas of Ambala Cantonment. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday conducted an aerial survey to assess the flood situation in Sirsa and Fatehabad districts.
Delhi is on high alert
Delhi’s Finance Minister Atishi said that the Delhi government is on high alert in view of the threat of floods due to the release of more than two lakh cusecs of water from Hathinikund barrage into the Yamuna river. Some parts of Yamuna Khadar may be inundated if the water level of the river rises up to 206.7 meters, but the government is ready to evacuate people from there to safer places, the minister said in a statement.
Alert in Uttarakhand
It is raining in Uttarakhand for the last several days. The Meteorological Department has issued an alert for heavy rain in the entire Uttarakhand. Orange alert has been issued for rain in North Kashi, Pithoragarh and Bageshwar. Yellow alert has been issued in other districts of the state. Yamnautri yatra has stopped due to a landslide. Badrinath Highway near Chamoli has also been closed.
Over 100 people were rescued in Yavatmal
Around 110 people, who were stranded due to floods in Mahagaon tehsil of Yavatmal district in Maharashtra, were rescued on Saturday. Apart from the SDRF, a Mi-17 V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force was also deployed for the rescue operation in Anandnagar Tanda village. The Regional Meteorological Centre, Nagpur has forecast lightning and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Yavatmal, Gadchiroli, Amravati and Washim districts of Vidarbha on Saturday.