New Delhi: At least 24 people lost their lives in the past three days as a result of heavy rain in numerous areas of north India. Many streets and roads in cities and towns are still covered in knee-deep water. People from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Delhi uploaded frightening images of the turmoil online, which included cars floating on water, filthy waters pouring into neighbourhoods, inundated buildings situated on the banks of the rivers, etc.,
The national capital is being battered by nonstop rain for the third day in a row, and the Delhi weather office is counting down the minutes with apprehension. By tomorrow morning, the Yamuna river’s water level is expected to have reached the danger level, according to Public Works Department Minister Atishi.
On Sunday, Haryana released more than a lakh cusecs of water into the Yamuna river from the Hathnikund barrage, prompting the Delhi government to issue a flood alert. The water level in the river in Delhi is rising, according to the Central Water Commission (CWC), and is anticipated to pass the danger threshold of 205.33 meters on Tuesday. Around 37,000 people live in Delhi’s low-lying neighborhoods close to the river, which are said to be prone to flooding. The Delhi government has set up 16 control rooms to monitor the flood-prone areas.
Delhi witnessed its highest rainfall in a single day in July since 1982, recording 153 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 8:30 am on Sunday. The Delhi government stated on Monday that all schools would remain closed due to the severe rains.
In Himachal Pradesh, continuous rain caused landslides and flash floods that destroyed homes and other buildings and disrupted daily life. As all major rivers, including the Ravi, Beas, Satluj, Swan, and Chenab, are in spate, flash floods in Manali, Kullu, Kinnaur, and Chamba caused some shops and vehicles to be washed away. Landslides and flash floods were reported in neighbouring Uttarakhand too, with reports of water level in rivers and streams crossing the danger mark. Landslides and flash floods were reported in neighbouring Uttarakhand too, with reports of water level in rivers and streams crossing the danger mark.
A red alert has been issued for the Jammu and Kashmir districts of Kathua and Samba. However, after being halted for three days, the Amarnath Yatra started on Sunday from the Panjtarni and Sheshnag base camps. Authorities sprang into action in the worst-hit districts as a result of widespread waterlogging and floods caused by heavy rain in many locations in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana.
According to the IMD, a western disturbance and monsoonal winds are interacting to cause a heavy rainstorm over northwest India. Over the next few days, further rain is expected in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Delhi, and its surrounding districts.