As several states reel under floods, the Yamuna in Delhi continued to swell on Tuesday and was flowing above the danger level. The river was flowing at 206 metres at 11 am, a day after it breached the danger mark of 205.33 metres. More than 10,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna in Delhi have been evacuated.
Meanwhile, in a sigh of relief, no rainfall was reported in Punjab and Haryana, though a flood-like situation prevailed in many parts of both states after heavy rains over the past few days. The weather was clear in most parts of the states, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) told news agency PTI.
Following heavy rains in past few days and release of excess water from the Bhakra Dam, the swollen Sutlej river and its tributaries had inundated villages in several areas, including Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Ferozepur and Rupnagar. The Indian Air Force and columns of NDRF have been deployed in rescue and relief operations.
No rainfall in Punjab and Haryana as states reel under floods. Read Highlights here.
Yamuna flood: Thousands evacuated in Delhi as river breaches danger mark
The Yamuna river in Delhi continued to swell on Tuesday and was flowing above the danger level at 206 metres at 11 am. More than 10,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna were evacuated by government agencies as the river breached the danger mark on Monday evening. Don't miss our photo gallery on the state of the Yamuna river
Punjab weather forecast: No fresh spells of rain, flood-like situation prevails in villages
No fresh spell of rainfall was reported on Tuesday morning in Punjab, though a flood-like situation prevailed in parts of the state after heavy rains over the past few days. Although the water level has started receding in some of the affected areas, many villages in Ludhiana, Rupnagar and Jalandhar remained inundated because of breaches in earthen dams of the Sutlej river. The swollen river and its tributaries have caused extensive damage to crops, especially paddy, and houses in low-lying areas. On Monday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had announced Rs 100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures. The state government had also declared the flood situation in the affected villages as a natural calamity.
Himachal Pradesh Minister RL Markanda airlifted from Kaza to Shimla after heavy snowfall in Spiti region
Himachal Pradesh Minister RL Markanda was airlifted from Kaza to Shimla after he was stuck there for the last 3 days. "I was stuck in Kaza, Spiti for last 3 days as roads were closed due to rainfall,127 ppl were also stuck in Chandrataal due to snowfall who have been rescued," he told news agency ANI.
Himachal Pradesh Minister RL Markanda airlifted from Kaza to Shimla, he was stuck in Kaza for the last 3 days. He says, "I was stuck in Kaza, Spiti for last 3 days as roads were closed due to rainfall,127 ppl were also stuck in Chandrataal due to snowfall who have been rescued." pic.twitter.com/iRkiyQ4rEE— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2019
Haryana floods: CM Khattar directs DCs to extend assistance to affected people
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday directed all deputy commissioners of the affected districts in the state to make necessary arrangements to deal with any adverse situation caused by rising water level in the Yamuna. Khattar spoke over the phone with the deputy commissioners of Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Sonipat and gave them necessary instructions to extend all kinds of assistance to people affected due to heavy rains and floods in these districts. Directions had been issued to evacuate people in affected areas in Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat to safer places, reports PTI.
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