30 dead in floods, alert in Delhi

30 dead in floods, alert in Delhi


More than 30 people have died in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the weekend as rain continues to batter the Northern region, causing flooding in several parts. Delhi, too, has been put on alert as the Yamuna waters have approached the danger mark. At least 22 people were killed and 12 others injured in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh alone . The Met Department said the state received the highest  rainfall for a 24-hour period, since records began 70 years ago.

The Chamba-Bharmour road has been washed away in certain parts of the state by the Ravi river. The road is the only  link to Bharmour and the holy  tribal valleys of Chamba district. The death toll in rain-related incidents in Uttarkhand is 10, nine in cloudbursts in Uttarkashi district alone where a number of people are still missing. Several houses and hectares of farm  land have been  washed away as rain inundated six villages in Mori block of Uttarkashi.

A major breach was reported in the Dhussi bundh in Punjab at four places in Bholewal, Meowal and two other places near Phillaur. The death of a 3-year-old has been reported from Ropar due to drowning. The state Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh,  will visit affected areas in Ropar. In Delhi, as the water level in the Yamuna crossed the warning mark on Monday, the Chief Minister, Mr.  Arvind Kejriwal, called a meeting of departments concerned to assess the situation and review the arrangements.

The Yamuna was flowing at 204.7 metres on Monday and its level is expected to rise up to 207 metres as 8.28 lakh cusecs water was released from  Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana at 6 pm on Sunday, an official said. In Haryana, several villages in Sonepat distict near the Yamuna have been asked to vacate as water is expected to enter the villages.