Heavy rains lashed parts of northern states Sunday, leaving at least 25 people dead in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. While eight people went missing in Uttarakhand after a cloudburst, a flood alert was sounded in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab after water levels in the Yamuna and other rivers neared warning level.
Here’s how different states are coping up with situations arising due to heavy rains.
At least 22 people were killed and nine others injured as heavy rains lashed parts of Himachal Pradesh Sunday, PTI reported, prompting the district administration to announce that all educational institutions in Shimla and Kullu districts would remain closed on Monday.
Government officials told PTI that nine people died in Shimla, five in Solan, two each in Kullu, Sirmaur, Solan and Chamba and one each in Una and Lahaul-Spiti districts.
Several roads were blocked following multiple landslides and flash floods. Landslides hit a spot near the RTO office in Shimla, leaving three persons dead and one injured.
A truck driver was killed when A landslide hit his truck on the national highway near Hatkoti Kenchi in Shimla’s Rohru subdivision. A tourist also died due to a landslide in Balarga between Manikaran and Barsheni, Kullu.
In Solan district, two persons were killed in a building collapse at Manakpura in Baddi tehsil. In Chamba district, two persons were killed in a house collapse. The incident took place at Lona in Mehla subdivision, killing a 70-year-old man and a 7-year-old child, Chamba SP Monica Bhutunguru said. In Kullu, a man was washed away in Sujwad Nullah when locals were trying to rescue him.
Meanwhile, all educational institutions in Shimla, Kullu and Chamba districts will remain closed on Monday. “In view of heavy rains, blockages and damage caused to roads, it has become necessary to order closure of all the educational institutions in Shimla district on August 19 for the safety of students,” Shimla Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate Amit Kashyap told PTI.
Train services between Shimla and Kalka were also disrupted as multiple landslides blocked the rail route.
At least eight people were missing and several others injured in heavy rains at various places. Cloudbursts in Mori block of Uttarkashi district wreaked havoc in several villages, damaging several houses in Arakot, Makuri and Tikochi villages. A woman was also washed away in Dehradun district when her car fell into a seasonal river, they said.
The authorities in both the states have raised high alert as water level of Yamuna river rose dangerously at the Hathni Kund barrage in Yamuna Nagar. Floods were reported from areas like Rupnagar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Pathankot. Three members of a family were killed as the roof of their house in Aol village collapsed on them. In another incident, 11 people were rescued from the flooding Beas river in Gurdaspur district.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed all the deputy commissioners in the state to be prepared to deal with any emergency in view of the warning from the IMD and ensure safety and security of the people in the event of any untoward situation.
(With inputs from PTI)