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Weather Forecast Highlights: Four killed in cloudburst in J&K village, PM Modi says govt closely monitoring situation

Weather Forecast Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the central government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudburst in Kishtwar.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 29, 2021 8:13:40 am
Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: Four killed in cloudburst in J&K village, PM Modi says govt closely monitoring situationFour people were killed and nearly 35 others were reported missing as a cloudburst occurred in village Hinjar in Dacchan area of Kishtwar on Wednesday morning. (Representational Image)

Weather forecast Highlights: Four people were killed and nearly 35 others were reported missing as a cloudburst occurred in village Hinjar in Dacchan area of Kishtwar on Wednesday morning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the central government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudbursts in Kishtwar and Kargil. “Central Government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudbursts in Kishtwar and Kargil. All possible assistance is being made available in the affected areas. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he said in a tweet.

Former Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Wednesday said all efforts are being made by the government to assist those affected by the cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier this morning, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he has spoke to the LG & DGP of Jammu & Kashmir regarding cloudburst in Kishtwar. J&K LG Manoj Sinha said he is continuously monitoring the situation.

Six residential houses and a ration store were also damaged in the area. Sources said Army and police teams were rushed to carry out rescue operations.

Director General of Police-cum-Commandant General Home Guard, Civil Defence and SDRF, V K Singh, said two women were among those killed in the incident. “One of our SDRF teams from Kishtwar reached the affected village and two more teams are on their way from Doda and Udhampur districts. Two more SDRF teams are waiting for weather to improve to get airlifted from Jammu and Srinagar to the scene and join the rescue mission.”

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Four dead in cloudburst in J&K village; nearly 35 missing; PM Modi says govt closely monitoring situation in J&K; Light rain likely in Delhi NCR today; Read highlights below.

14:47 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Jammu and Kashmir: Rescue operation under way in Kishtwar

Police rescue operation is underway in Hunzer area of Dachhan in Kishtwar district after a cloudburst occurred on Wednesday morning, news agency ANI reported. Below are some images of the rescue operations. 

(Images provided by ANI)

14:24 (IST)28 Jul 2021
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14:19 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Meet the part-time forecasters who break down the day’s weather for you

In his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Sai Praneeth for helping farmers by providing them with timely weather updates in Telugu. The 24-year-old IT professional from Andhra Pradesh is among a growing online community of independent weathermen in the country.

Over the last few years, with cyclones and extreme weather events becoming more frequent, the demand for weather forecasts has never been higher. Rising to the occasion are amateur weather bloggers, most of them techies and college students, who began to leverage social media platforms to extend their reach.

In Chennai, for instance, K Srikanth, who runs the Twitter handle @ChennaiRains, started developing an interest in weather forecasts after Cyclone Thane hit Puducherry in 2011. Due to the cyclone, a business project of his got delayed.

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13:28 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Watch video: Rescue operations at Tozing Nullah (Udaipur) in Lahaul Spiti

Watch the video of the rescue operations at Tozing Nullah (Udaipur) in Lahaul Spiti here: 

13:13 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Mini hydro power project damaged as two cloudbursts hit Kargil

Two cloudbursts hit different areas of Kargil in the Union Territory of Ladakh, causing damage to a mini power project, nearly a dozen residential houses and standing crops, officials said on Wednesday.

However, no loss of life was reported in the cloudbursts, which struck Sangra and Khangral on Tuesday evening, they said.

Chairman and chief executive councillor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan said Sangra on Kargil-Zanskar road was the worst hit as the flash floods caused a lot of damage to the property, including the mini-hydro power project. "We have a lot of property damage in the cloudburst at Sangra in Sanku sub-division. We have restored the electricity and water supply, while efforts are on to make the Kargil-Zanskar road traffic worthy," he told PTI. 

13:13 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Mini hydro power project damaged as two cloudbursts hit Kargil

Two cloudbursts hit different areas of Kargil in the Union Territory of Ladakh, causing damage to a mini power project, nearly a dozen residential houses and standing crops, officials said on Wednesday.

However, no loss of life was reported in the cloudbursts, which struck Sangra and Khangral on Tuesday evening, they said.

Chairman and chief executive councillor, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan said Sangra on Kargil-Zanskar road was the worst hit as the flash floods caused a lot of damage to the property, including the mini-hydro power project. "We have a lot of property damage in the cloudburst at Sangra in Sanku sub-division. We have restored the electricity and water supply, while efforts are on to make the Kargil-Zanskar road traffic worthy," he told PTI. 

12:59 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Jammu & Kashmir: Water level in Chenab river at Doda rises due to heavy rain

The water level in Chenab river at Doda rose due to heavy rainfall in the region on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported.

"The river is flowing at higher than its normal water level. People are advised not to venture anywhere near riverbanks of all water-bodies," Ramban Deputy Commissioner said.

12:57 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Uttarakhand: Few spells of rain likely in Dehradun, says IMD

Dehradun received rain showers on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported. The IMD has forecast 'Generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers' for the city.

 
12:16 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Govt making all possible efforts to assist those affected by cloudburst in J&K: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Former Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Wednesday said all efforts are being made by the government to assist those affected by the cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Deeply disturbed by the havoc caused due to cloudburst in #Kishtwar, #JammuAndKashmir My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. All possible efforts are being made by GoI to assist citizens affected by this natural calamity," he said in a tweet.

12:04 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Light rain in Delhi NCR

Parts of Delhi and NCR woke up to light rain on Wednesday morning and updates from the India Meteorology Department (IMD) suggest that light to moderate rainfall is likely to continue throughout the day.

Moderate rainfall and thundershowers have been predicted for NCR. The IMD’s 8.45 am forecast said that thunderstorms with moderate rainfall are likely over Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Noida, Gurugram and adjoining areas over the next two hours.

11:50 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Light rain and cloudy skies to dominate over Pune on Wednesday

Pune city will experience partly cloudy conditions through Wednesday and the India Meteorological Department has forecast light rain.

Pune district’s ghat areas could receive intense heavy spells on the day.

Rainfall over Pune on Wednesday was Shivajinagar – 3.9mm, Pashan – 3mm and Lohegaon – 4.8mm.

The southwest monsoon is active over north Madhya Maharashtra.

11:34 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Central govt closely monitoring situation: PM Modi on Kishtwar cloudburst

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the central government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudbursts in Kishtwar and Kargil.

"Central Government is closely monitoring the situation in the wake of the cloudbursts in Kishtwar and Kargil. All possible assistance is being made available in the affected areas. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being," Modi said in a tweet.

11:01 (IST)28 Jul 2021
IAF contacted to rescue people from Kishtwar cloudburst site

Indian Air Force authorities have been contacted to rescue the injured in the cloudburst that occurred in Kishtwar on Wednesday morning, news agency ANI reported.

SDRF Commandant General V K Singh said the area is not accessible by road since it is in the upper reaches of Kishtwar. "SDRF team with police have left for the spot on foot. The area is in upper reaches of Kishtwar, not accessible by road. Jammu SDRF is on standby. Weather is inclement. One team of SDRF from Srinagar is ready to be airlifted," he said.

The Indian Army has sent a 22-member party led by Captain Vivek Chauhan to carry out the rescue operation in Kishtwar.

10:48 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Kishtwar cloudburst: Rescue operations being carried out, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday said he has spoken to the LG & DGP of Jammu & Kashmir regarding cloudburst in Kishtwar.

"I have spoken to the LG & DGP of Jammu & Kashmir regarding cloudburst in Kishtwar. SDRF, Army & local administration are carrying out the rescue operation. NDRF is also reaching there. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible," Shah said in a tweet in Hindi.

J&K LG Manoj Sinha said he is monitoring the situation. "Spoke to senior authorities and Kishtwar district administration (where at least 4 people have died following cloudburst). Army and SDRF team working on war footing to rescue people and trace the missing persons. I am continuously monitoring the situation," news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

10:48 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Kishtwar cloudburst: Rescue operations being carried out, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday said he has spoken to the LG & DGP of Jammu & Kashmir regarding cloudburst in Kishtwar.

"I have spoken to the LG & DGP of Jammu & Kashmir regarding cloudburst in Kishtwar. SDRF, Army & local administration are carrying out the rescue operation. NDRF is also reaching there. Our priority is to save as many lives as possible," Shah said in a tweet in Hindi.

J&K LG Manoj Sinha said he is monitoring the situation. "Spoke to senior authorities and Kishtwar district administration (where at least 4 people have died following cloudburst). Army and SDRF team working on war footing to rescue people and trace the missing persons. I am continuously monitoring the situation," news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

10:10 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Rescue operations under way: SDRF Commandant General V K Singh

Director General of Police-cum-Commandant General Home Guard, Civil Defence and SDRF, V K Singh, said rescue operations are under way.

"One of our SDRF teams from Kishtwar reached the affected village and two more teams are on their way from Doda and Udhampur districts. Two more SDRF teams are waiting for weather to improve to get airlifted from Jammu and Srinagar to the scene and join the rescue mission," Singh said. 

He said six houses and a ration store were damaged by the cloudburst. Kishtwar district development commissioner said two more cloudbursts struck remote Lambard area overnight but there was no report of any loss of life.

"There is some damage to infrastructure but exact details are awaited," Sharma said, adding that 60 families were evacuated to safety from the Paddar area in view of incessant rains which posed a threat to their homes. (PTI)

10:03 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Landslide in Shimla; no loss reported: DDMA

Shimla District Disaster Management Authority Wednesday said a landslide has occurred on Vikas Nagar-Panthaghati road, news agency ANI reported.

A car parked alongside the road has been damaged. No other loss was reported, it said. 

10:03 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Landslide in Shimla; no loss reported: DDMA

Shimla District Disaster Management Authority Wednesday said a landslide has occurred on Vikas Nagar-Panthaghati road, news agency ANI reported.

A car parked alongside the road has been damaged. No other loss was reported, it said. 

09:44 (IST)28 Jul 2021
10 missing, 1 injured in flash floods due to cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh

Around 10 people are reported missing in flash floods triggered by a cloudburst in Himachal Pradesh’s tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti, a senior disaster management official said on Wednesday, PTI reported.

The incident took place at Udaipur in Lahaul at around 8 PM on Tuesday, state disaster management director Sudesh Kumar Mokhta said.

Two tents of labourers and a private JCB have been washed away, he said, adding that a 19-year-old labourer, Mohammad Altaaf, was injured while around 10 people are reported missing.

09:27 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Five dead in cloudburst in J&K village; over 25 missing

Five bodies were recovered on Wednesday after some houses were swept away by flash floods triggered by a cloudburst in a remote village in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior official said, PTI reported.

Officials said over 25 people are reported missing in the cloudburst which struck Honzar village in Dacchan tehsil around 4.30 am, adding a joint rescue operation by police, army and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is underway.

"Bodies of five persons were recovered from the cloudburst- hit village by the rescuers so far," District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, Ashok Kumar Sharma, told PTI.

Monsoon LIVE updates: Heavy rain lashes several parts of Delhi A commuter wades through a waterlogged street due to heavy rains, at Ring Road in New Delhi, Monday, July 19, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain is likely to occur over and adjoining areas of few places of Delhi, NCR (Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Gurugram, Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Chhapraula, Noida, Dadri, Greater Noida) today.

The weather agency has predicted widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is likely over Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar during July 28-30 and over east Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh during July 29-31. Isolated extremely heavy falls are also likely over Gangetic West Bengal on July 28 and 29, over Jharkhand on July 29 and over Chhattisgarh on July 30 and over east MP on July 31. Konkan and Goa, areas of Madhya Maharashtra are likely to receive widespread rainfall during the next 2 days, it further said.

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