Weather forecast HIGHLIGHTS: As the water level in Yamuna river breached the danger mark, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has urged the people living in low-lying areas and nearby the banks of the river to move to temporary shelters put up by the administration. Haryana has released a record 8.28 lakh cusecs water in the Yamuna on Sunday, he said. “This water is likely to reach Delhi by Monday evening and the danger mark in the Yamuna at 207.32 meters is likely to be breached,” he said.
More bodies have been recovered in Uttarakhand on Monday taking the death toll in rain-related incidents in the state to over 15. Of them, 10 died due to the cloudbursts in the state’s Uttarkashi district alone where a number of people are still missing. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in various parts of the state on Monday prompting the district administration to order the government schools and anganwadi kendras in nine out of the 13 districts to remain closed.
The Met Department also said heavy rainfall will continue till Monday evening over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh due to the strong interaction between the prevailing low-pressure system and the incoming westerlies. A ‘medium’ flood alert has been issued in 250 villages of eight districts of Punjab with the situation being grim in districts along Sutlej river in which 2.40 lakh cusecs water was released Sunday from Ropar Headworks.
Heavy rains predicted in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi today. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.
River Sutlej water flow registers gradual decline
12 killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand
The death toll in rain-related incidents in Mori block of Uttrakhand's Uttarkashi district has risen to 12 with five people still missing.
Two more bodies were recovered on Monday evening from Makudi as search operations were intensified with the weather becoming clearer, Uttarkashi Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said. (PTI)
Relief operations underway in Punjab
Relief operations underway in Punjab.
Inspector NDRF, Ludhiana, Punjab: 3 teams are engaged in flood rescue, 5-6 teams on standby, in Ludhiana. Since morning we have evacuated 40 people and 8 animals in Bholeval Kadim village. About 150 people in the village are waiting to be rescued. pic.twitter.com/M3ThDENokT— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2019
Bhakra dam level crosses permissible limit, more water released
The water level in the Bhakra dam crossed its permissible limit of 1,680 feet on Monday, prompting the authorities to increase the release of excess water through spillway gates to 41,000 cusecs, officials said.
"Water level in the Bhakra reservoir was 1,681 feet at 10 am on Monday against the permissible storage level of 1,680 feet," an official said.
The decision to raise the release of water through spillways was taken in order to bring down the water level in the reservoir to 1,680 feet in the next three-four days, an official of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said. (PTI)
Watch: Water level increases in Yamuna, Loha Pul closed
The Old Yamuna Bridge (popularly known as Lohe ka Pul) has been closed from both the ends in view of rising water level in the river.
The Old Yamuna Bridge (popularly known as Lohe ka Pul) has been closed from both the ends in view of rising water level in the river— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) August 19, 2019
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Punjab floods: CM Amarinder Singh announces Rs 100 crore for relief measures
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday announced that as soon as the water level recedes, a special ‘girdawari’ (crop loss assessment) would be conducted to ensure adequate compensation for the affected farmers. The chief minister made the announcements during a tour of the flood-affected areas of Rupnagar district to access the damage due to torrential rains in the past 72 hours. Read more
Yamuna river water level to breach danger mark today evening
The Yamuna river was flowing at 205.2 metres in Delhi at 3pm. The danger mark is 205.3 metres. Haryana released 1.87 lakh cusecs water at 2pm on Monday and 1.79 lakh cusecs was discharged from Hathnikund barrage at 3pm.
Houses damaged due to flood will be rebuilt: Maharashtra CM
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis says, "Houses damaged due to flood will be re-built under the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojna. We will provide financial help of Rs 24000 for rented accommodation in rural areas and Rs 36000 in urban areas."
"Loans on flood-affected crops, up to 1 hectare will be waived or will be paid by the state government. Those who had not taken any loan will be compensated with triple the amount of normal compensation for the crops," he added. (ANI)
Punjab CM announces Rs 100 crore emergency aid for flood hit regions
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced Rs 100 crore emergency aid for relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the state. (ANI)
Himachal Pradesh: Water supply affected in Kangra due to heavy rains
The water supply has been adversely affected in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district due to heavy rainfall, an official said on Monday.
The lift water supply scheme for 75 per cent area of the Jai Singhpur sub-division got damaged near Kangain bridge at Mand Khad. Welding of the damaged pipes was getting delayed due to incessant rains and it might take two-three days to restore the supply, the official said.
Meanwhile, the Averi-Bajirbody road and the Bajaura-Kataula road near Ropa in Kullu district are blocked due to landslide, the officials said.
Punjab: Sanghera village affected by flood in river Sutlej
Village Sanghera in Moga lies next to river Sutlej banks and is one of the worst affected in Punjab floods. At least 3 people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state yesterday.
Yamuna water level rises: Kejriwal urges people to move to safer places
As the water level in Yamuna river is expected to rise by the today evening, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has urged the people living in low-lying areas and nearby the banks of the river to move to temporary shelters put up by the administration.
"This water is likely to reach Delhi by Monday evening and the danger mark in the Yamuna at 207.32 meters is likely to be breached," he said.
He asserted that his government is ready to deal with the situation that may arise.
Haryana has released a record 8.28 lakh cusecs water in the Yamuna on Sunday, he said.
Yamuna river bridge shut down
As the water level of Yamuna river is expected to rise further in the evening, the Deputy Magistrate has directed to shut down the iron bridge on the river from both the ends.
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Watch | Two more persons rescued from Jammu's Tawi river
Two more persons have been rescued after they got stuck near a bridge in JAMMU following a sudden increase in the water level of Tawi river.
Yamuna likely to cross danger mark by evening, Delhi officers, ministers monitoring situation: CM Arvind Kejriwal
"Water level (of Yamuna river) is expected to cross the danger mark, today evening. Water can reach here during the next two days with full force, all our officers and ministers are monitoring the situation 24x7," ANI reported Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as saying.
Unseasonal snowfall in Himachal Pradesh throws life out of gear, 400 tourists stranded
Over 400 tourists remain stranded following unseasonal snowfall and heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh, in the last 48 hours. Spiti and Lahaul Valley are experiencing unexpected snowfall in the area throwing life out of gear. Temperatures have dropped to 0.1-degree celsius.
“According to our records, snowfall in Spiti during this period is coming after 11 years. The last snowfall in Spiti (during this period) was in 2008. There is no record about Lahaul valley before, thus it is unusual,” Dr Manmohan Singh, Director, IMD Shimla said. Read more...
Sukhna Lake is inching towards danger mark
Sukhna Lake is inching towards danger mark with the water level of the lake reaching 1,161.50 feet on Sunday evening. According to the officials, flood gates are opened when the lake’s water level reaches 1,163 feet. The staff sounds an alert the moment water level inches towards 1,162 feet. Read more...
Jammu & Kashmir: Two persons stuck near a bridge rescued
Two persons have been rescued after they got stuck near a bridge in Jammu after a sudden increase in the water level of Tawi river. Rescue operation still underway.
जम्मू: तवी नदी में फंसे दोनों व्यक्तियों को एयरफोर्स ने सुरक्षित निकाला pic.twitter.com/elJlcRDchm— दूरदर्शन न्यूज़ (@DDNewsHindi) August 19, 2019
Uttarakhand: 4 dead, 3 rescued,1 missing in Makudi village
Uttarakhand: 4 dead, 3 rescued & 1 missing in Makudi village, Uttarkashi district following a cloud burst in the area. Rescue operation underway, reported ANI.
IAF pressed into rescue operation in Punjab
Assisted by the Karnal Police, the Indian Air Force rescued nine persons including women and children who had got stuck in Karnal. The rescue operation was carried out by the IAF in the early hours of Monday despite adverse weather, Haryana's Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said. Keeping in view the alarming situation due to release of 2.4 lakh cusecs of water from Ropar headwork, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar, Varinder Kumar Sharma has ordered the stationing of companies of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) at vulnerable points in Shahkot, Nakodar and Phillaur.
Kerala floods: Ground-penetrating radars being used to locate bodies
Ground-penetrating radars were put into use to locate bodies at Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad, where massive landslides had wiped out two villages. A team of experts from Hyderabad started the search operations at the two villages with GPR, which will help detect bodies buried under mounds of earth.
Heavy rain likely in western parts of West Bengal
City streets remained waterlogged on Sunday even as heavy rainfall stopped in Kolkata since Saturday evening. Two days of torrential rain led to waterlogging in many areas and snapped road links at several places. With the low pressure that led to high precipitation in the southern districts having moved towards West Bengal-Jharkhand border, the Met department predicted heavy to very heavy rain in western parts of the state. Read more...
IMD predicts heavy rainfall along West Bengal coast in next 72 hours
The low-pressure area over western parts of Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand persists. The cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwards also continues. According to IMD, heavy rainfall is expected in the next 72 hours along the coast.
Water level in Yamuna crosses warning mark, Delhi on alert
The water level in the River Yamuna crossed the warning mark on Monday, prompting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to call a meeting of departments concerned. The Yamuna was flowing at 204.7 metres on Monday and its water level is expected to rise up to 207 metres as 8.28 lakh cusecs water was released from Haryana's Hathini Kund barrage at 6 pm on Sunday, an official said. "The CM has called a meeting of all departments concerned on Monday afternoon to assess the situation and review arrangements made to deal with the situation," a government official said. (PTI)
Kerala death toll in flood-related incidents rises to 121.
Kerala death toll in flood-related incidents rises to 121. 40 people injured, 21 still missing, reported news agency ANI.
Bodies recovered in Uttarakhand
10 killed as heavy rains lash Uttarakhand
Heavy rains lashed Uttarakhand with the recovery of more bodies, taking the toll in rain-related incidents in the state to 10, nine of them in cloudbursts in Uttarkashi district alone where a number of people are still missing. "Eight bodies have been recovered so far, five from Makudi and three from Arakot village. A number of people from six rain-hit villages are still missing. Though names of five persons have been received, the number of those missing could be higher," Uttarkashi Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said on phone.
The State Emergency Operation Centre here said one body was also recovered from Sanel village adjoining Arakot and Makudi. One casualty was reported from Tehri district where a tree fell on a woman killing her on the spot on Sunday.
Punjab: Sutlej's Dhussi Bandh breaches at 4 places in Phillaur, near-by villages inundated
The breach in the ‘Dhussi bandh’ at four places on Sutlej River has led to inundation in over half a dozen villages of Phillaur Sub Division of Jalandhar District. District administration has deployed the Army, NDRF and State Disaster Relief teams in the rescue operation, reported Anju Agnihotri Chaba.
The breaches took place at Bholewal Kadim, Meowal villages and two other points near Phillaur. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar and SSP Varinder Sharma and Navjot Singh Mahal, respectively, are on the spot and monitoring the situation.
NDRF teams carry out rescue operation in Anandpur Sahib, Rupnagar of Punjab
NDRF teams carrying out rescue operation in Anandpur Sahib, Rupnagar of Punjab. (Photos: Twitter @NDRF)