Rain plays havoc in North India, Army called in for rescue
Incessant rains continued to play havoc in North India killing 26 people so far and paralysing rail and road traffic, as Army was called in to plug a breach at Sutlej Yamuna Link in Haryana's Kurukshetra, which inundated several villages in the state and neighbouring Punjab.delhi Updated: Jul 08, 2010 21:45 IST
Incessant rains continued to play havoc in North India killing 26 people so far and paralysing rail and road traffic, as Army was called in to plug a breach at Sutlej Yamuna Link in Haryana's Kurukshetra, which inundated several villages in the state and neighbouring Punjab.
Fifteen people, including two children, lost their lives in flood-hit Kurukshetra, Ambala, Patiala and Ludhiana.
A 20-feet breach occurred in Sutlej Yamuna Link at Udhar Singh village in Kuruskhetra, inundating several villages, following which the Army and National Disaster Rescue Force personnel were called in to plug the breach, which also damaged railway tracks close to Shahbad in the district.
The Army is using services of helicopters for relief and rescue operations in the flood ravaged parts of Punjab and Haryana.
Train services in Delhi-Ambala-Kalka section are disrupted and majority of long distance trains are being diverted through Jakhal-Dhuri-Ludhiana section, railway officials said.
Over dozen trains bound towards Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir remained cancelled.
The Kurukshetra-Pehowa road has been closed for the movement of traffic in view of water logging.
Nearly 50 villages were marooned in Dakala area in Punjab due to breaches in Ghaggar river in Sangrur and Patiala.
Heavy rains and lightning claimed three lives in Rajasthan's Kota district.
South West monsoon was active over east and west regions of the state with Jaisalmer receiving the maximum rainfall of 21.5 mm.
Meanwhile, a flood alert has been sounded in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh, where eight people died due to heavy rains, following overflow of river Yamuna.
Vehicular movement was also affected in some parts of the national capital due to water logging caused by rains.
Though there were no rains in the early morning hours, last evening's showers had its effect on the traffic as water logging was not cleared.