Heavy rains have caused havoc in North India including Delhi-NCR. The hilly areas including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir have suffered a lot. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and some other states have also received heavy rainfall within 24 hours.
During 24 hours, more than 34 people have lost their lives in 6 states due to conditions like torrential rains, heavy rains, landslides, cloud bursts, house collapses, lightning and floods. Maximum 11 deaths occurred in Himachal Pradesh.
Cars were washed away due to collapse of roads on the Kullu-Manali route. At the same time, rain warnings have been issued in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and surrounding areas.
Record of 41 years broken in Delhi
According to the news agency PTI, after 1982, Delhi received maximum rainfall in a single day and the record of 41 years was broken. According to the IMD, Delhi recorded 153 mm of rainfall within 24 hours, the highest in a single day in July since 1982.
In view of the continuous torrential rains in Delhi-NCR and the warnings of the Meteorological Department, the Delhi government has ordered the closure of MCD, government and private schools on Monday. Schools will remain closed from July 10-16 in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh due to rain and Kanwar Yatra. Some companies have also allowed workers to work from home.
Flood risk increased
There is a danger of flood in Delhi. According to PTI, Haryana has released one lakh cusecs of water in Yamuna on Sunday, after which a flood alert has been issued in Delhi. Since then the risk of flood has increased in the capital. There is waterlogging in many areas of Delhi and it has become difficult for people to walk on the road.
According to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the water level of Yamuna has reached near the danger mark.
Cloud burst, cars washed away, roads closed
After a cloudburst in Himachal, there was a sudden flood in the Beas river, while many vehicles were washed away in Kullu-Manali. Many roads including Manali-Leh, Chandigarh-Manali and 5 National Highways have been closed due to the landslide. The movement of trains was stopped due to debris falling on the heritage railway track Kalka-Shimla.
Heavy rains in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana
Punjab’s Patiala flood alert has been issued and houses in low-lying areas have been evacuated, while heavy rains have affected life in many districts including Chandigarh. Heavy rains occurred in many districts including Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra of Haryana. At the same time, rain warnings have been issued in Bihar and many states of the North East.