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Heavy rains: 28 dead in HP, Uttarkhand and Punjab
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Heavy rains: 28 dead in HP, Uttarkhand and Punjab

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At least 28 people dead and 22 missing in three states of Northern part viz. Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab on Sunday.

Haryana has sought the help of Army following 8.14 lakh cusec water was released from the Hathini Kund barrage in the Yamuna River. Heavy rains remained unabated in Punjab on Sunday causing floods in some parts, while authorities sounded high alert in the two states. Following heavy rains in Aol village of Punjab, three members of a family were killed when the roof of their house collapsed. Eleven people, including four women, were rescued after they got stuck when the overflowing water of Beas river flooded their village in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

At least 22 people, including two Nepalese, were killed and nine others injured in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh, while three people died and 22 went missing following a cloudburst in Uttarakhand. Three people lost their lives in Punjab.

Jalandhar deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that 885 floodhit villages were evacuated and the residents were asked to move to safer localities. Flooded Bhakra Dam and rivers, including Sutlej and Swan River have wreaked havoc in Punjab.

More than 209 villages, including a dozen in Anandpur Sahib, 85 in Jalandhar, 52 in Ferozepur and 60 in Nawanshahr were evacuated as a precautionary measure. The Sutlej River is flowing near the danger mark after floodwater was released from Bhakra Dam.

Human settlements in the low-lying areas were inundated after 2,23,000 cusecs of floodwater was released from the Ropar Head Works. Moreover, 25,000 cusecs of water coming from Sirsa River which has inundated dozens of villages in Anandpur Sahib area. Residents in the low-lying areas were moved to safer places after the dam water flooded Sutlej River.