At least 22 people have been killed in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir after incessant rain pounded the northern states of the country. Army has been kept on standby and a red alert has been issued in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
Water levels in rivers rose across Himachal Pradesh, with the level in Pong Dam nearing danger mark. Bhakra Beas Management Board announced the release of 49,000 cusecs of water from Pong dam at 3 pm on Tuesday into Beas river. Around 1 lakh cusecs were released late night from Ropar barrage into Sutlej.
Road, rail and air traffic were disrupted throughout the day across the region. There were reports of 15-20 per cent Kharif crop damage (cotton, bajra, paddy and moong) across Punjab and Haryana.
According to the Meteorological department, heavy to very heavy rain is expected at isolated places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh