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Weather Forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Heavy rains lash northern states, alert sounded in Punjab

Weather Forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Torrential rains lashed Kolkata, leaving several parts of the city waterlogged. Flights and trains were delayed. The city received 99 mm rainfall between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2019 10:27:48 pm
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While the flood situation in Kerala and Karnataka improved significantly, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rain and thunderstorm in West Bengal on Saturday. Torrential rains lashed Kolkata, leaving several parts of the city waterlogged. Flights and trains were delayed. The city received 99 mm rainfall between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm Friday.

The Met, meanwhile, predicted rains in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi this weekend. Fairly widespread rain with isolated heavy falls is also likely to occur over West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya over the next 2-3 days.

The death toll in the five flood-affected states of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh stood at 241 on Friday. Over 4,000 people were evacuated and moved to relief camps in Guntur and Krishna districts in Andhra Pradesh. The weather improved in the flood-hit areas of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The Met Department issued a red alert warning was issued for Jodhpur, Nagaur and Pali in Rajasthan yesterday for the next 24 hours.

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22:27 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Mercury dips as Delhi gets light rains; thundershowers predicted tomorrow

The national capital received light to moderate rainfall throughout Saturday, bringing down the temperature five notches below the season’s average. The city received 1.4 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, PTI quoted a Met official as saying. He said in the last 24 hours, the city received 7.3 mm rainfall today. READ MORE 

18:30 (IST)17 Aug 2019
J&K: 14 stuck in flash floods rescued in Kathua district

Fourteen people were rescued today following flash floods in Kathua district of the Jammu region, PTI quoted officials as saying. At least 11 people, belonging to a nomadic community, were stuck in flash floods in Ujh river in Rajbagh area and were subsequently rescued by the Kathua Police along with SDRF personnel, PTI quoted a police official as saying. The rescued people were shifted to a safer location, he added.

In another incident in Ujh river, policemen rescued three people.

18:21 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Kerala: Authorities retrieve more bodies from landslide-hit Wayanad, Malappuram

People in Kerala have started to move to their homes from relief camps, even as the death toll climbed to 113, PTI reported. Authorities have retrieved more bodies from the landslide-hit districts of Malappuram and Wayanad. So far 50 people have lost their lives in Malappuram and 12 in Wayanad, the two northern districts, where 28 people are still missing. Search operations are on Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad, the two areas which were the worst hit in the second spell of south west monsoon rains since August 8, where massive landslides had wiped out two villages.

18:11 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Himachal Pradesh: Body of teenager found floating in overflowing dam; multiple landslides

The body of a 17-year-old was found floating in the overflowing dam in Himachal Pradesh. Following multiple landslides, several roads remained blocked in the state. All educational institutions in Kangra district have also been asked to remain closed today due to incessant rainfall. Many people stranded near Palampur following flash floods were rescued. There is a heavy flow of water in Baner Khud and Baan Ganga adjoining Chamunda Ji and the water level in rivulets in Nurpur sub division is on the rise as well, PTI quoted official as saying.

18:03 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Rajasthan: Roads flooded in Pratapgarh, after rivers overflow due to incessant rainfall
17:48 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Andhra Pradesh gets heavy rain, death toll rises to two

Andhra Pradesh gets heavy rain resulting in a swollen Krishna river leaving 87 villages and hundreds of acres of farm flooded in two districts, PTI reported. NDRF personnel retrieved a body of a girl who drowned in the river, taking the death toll to two in the state. Around 11,553 people in the two districts have been moved to 56 relief camps. State Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Krishna, while ministers visited the marooned localities in Vijayawada city and supervised the relief measures.

17:35 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Yamuna flowing near warning level; Delhi agencies on alert

The Yamuna has been flowing near the warning level and Delhi's agencies are closely monitoring the situation to deal with any possible flooding, PTI quoted an official as saying. According to the official, at around 4 pm on Saturday, Yamuna's water level reached 203.27 metres, slightly below the warning level of 204.5 metres.

The official said that at 10 am, over 21,000 cusecs water was released from Hathani Kund Barrage in Haryana. Besides, around 17,000 cusecs water was also released from the barrage.

"We have been closely monitoring the water level of Yamuna. Preparation are being made to deal with the flood-like situation," PTI quoted the official as saying.

17:30 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam

Punjab has been put on alert after excess water was released from Bhakra dam through the spill gates following heavy downpour in its catchment area today, PTI reported. The Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities discharged 17,000 cusecs of the excess water out of total release of 53,000 cusecs through the spill gates, PTI quoted an official as saying. The remaining 36,000 cusecs was released after its use for power generation, he added.

The dam recorded a water level of 1,674.75 feet, which is around 60 feet more than the corresponding period last year. The maximum filling capacity of the reservoir is 1,680 feet.

16:11 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Andhra Pradesh Guv surveys flood-affected Godavari districts
14:12 (IST)17 Aug 2019
Rajasthan: Sikar flooded after heavy rain

Sikar in Rajasthan was flooded on Saturday after the region received heavy rain.

Meanwhile on Friday, rain and thundershowers were observed at most places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Konkan and Gujarat region, Rajasthan, Saurashtra and Kutch, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Kerala, Mahe, Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Vidarbha, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep.