Monsoon highlights: Highest Yamuna water level in Delhi in 10 years, Old Railway Bridge closed

Jul 12, 2023 02:29 AM IST

Today Weather News highlights: Heavy rains in India have caused the deaths of at least 42 people, with rivers overflowing and landslides cutting off towns.

Today Weather News highlights: Major parts of north India have reported loss of life and property, as well as disruption in transport and power as heavy rainfall battered parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh, on Monday leading to waterlogging, flash floods and landslides.

Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur inspects the flood-affected areas, in Mandi on Tuesday.
Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur inspects the flood-affected areas, in Mandi on Tuesday.(PTI)

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  • Jul 12, 2023 02:07 AM IST

    Rain-battered north India counts its losses, rescue efforts gather pace

    Rainfall activity ebbed in north India on Tuesday after three days of onslaught, revealing the extent of death and destruction as authorities reported at least 20 more fatalities and ramped up relief and rescue efforts.

    The death toll mounted to 31 in Himachal Pradesh, which had reported 18 deaths till Monday, while neighbouring Uttarakhand witnessed five fatalities. Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan reported one death each in rain-related incidents.

  • Jul 12, 2023 01:10 AM IST

    Mumbai: 70-year-old woman killed as tree branch falls on her; two hurt

    A 70-year-old woman was killed and two others, including a woman and a three-year-old boy, were injured when a big branch of a tree fell on them in suburban Malad in Mumbai on Tuesday, civic officials said.

    With this incident, the number of fatalities in tree fall incidents in the city has risen to four since June 28 after the arrival of the monsoon.

  • Jul 11, 2023 11:27 PM IST

    Rain havoc: Death toll mounts to 15 in Punjab, Haryana; property worth crores damage

    Rain in Haryana and Punjab abated after three days of onslaught even as several parts still remained flooded and the death toll due to rain-related incident mounted to 15.

    Six more people were reported dead on Tuesday due to rain-related incidents, with the overall death toll in the last three days rising to 15. Eight deaths were reported from Punjab, while seven people lost their lives in Haryana.

    The days-long rain has left behind a trail of destruction in its wake with properties worth crores obliterated and farmlands flooded.

  • Jul 11, 2023 10:55 PM IST

    Punjab initiates large-scale relief work for flood-affected areas

    A spokesperson of Punjab government informed that Medicines worth 50,000 per district have been purchased and distributed at tehsil headquarters to Senior Veterinary officers.

    SVOs have issued the medicines to the teams in affected areas. 50,000 per district has been released for the purchase of medicines as per their demand in 11 flood-prone districts (Ropar, Patiala, Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Moga, Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Kapurthala, Taran-taran and Sangrur).

  • Jul 11, 2023 10:33 PM IST

    Yamuna water level in Delhi highest in 10 years, Old Railway Bridge shut for traffic

    The Yamuna river in Delhi swelled to the highest recorded level in 10 years on Tuesday and is expected to rise further, officials said on Tuesday.

    According to the Central Water Commission's (CWC) flood-monitoring portal, the water level at the Old Railway Bridge rose from 205.4 metres at 5 pm on Monday to 206.76 metres at 8 pm on Tuesday as Haryana discharged more water into the river from the Hathnikund barrage in Yamunanagar.

    It is expected that the river will rise to 207 metres in the early hours on Wednesday and continue to rise further, PTI reported.

  • Jul 11, 2023 10:00 PM IST

    Rain-battered north India counts its losses, rescue efforts gather pace

    Rainfall activity ebbed in north India on Tuesday after three days of onslaught, revealing the extent of death and destruction as authorities reported at least 20 more fatalities and ramped up relief and rescue efforts, PTI reported.

  • Jul 11, 2023 09:18 PM IST

    Himachal logs over 200% excess rain in July in first 10 days, Kinnaur wettest

    Himachal Pradesh received 249.6 mm average rainfall from July 1 to July 11 against a normal rainfall of 76.6 mm, an excess of 226 per cent, said the weather department.

    Kinnaur district received 500 per cent excess rains, followed by Solan 426 per cent, Sirmaur 367 per cent, Shimla 360 per cent, Bilaspur 325 per cent, and Kullu 283 per cent.

    Lahaul and Spiti received 233 per cent, Chamba 220 per cent, Una 218 per cent, Hamirpur 171 per cent, Mandi 130 per cent, and Kangra 75 per cent, said the weather office, PTI reported.

  • Jul 11, 2023 07:33 PM IST

    Actor Anupam Kher urges people ‘not to mess’ with nature after rain havoc in parts of country

    Bollywood actor Anupam Kher warned people “not to mess with nature otherwise they would have to pay a price for it,” after rain caused havoc in different parts of the country, particularly in Himachal Pradesh.

    The “Kashmir Files” actor took to instagram and said, “The heartbreaking havoc that has caused in different parts of the country, especially in Himachal Pradesh due to rain, is terrifying and alarming. Not only innocent lives have been lost, but also the government and private property worth crores have suffered huge loss. My sympathies and prayers go out to all! But for the past several years I have also been warning that if we continue to mess with nature we will have to pay heavily compensation for it. Greed must end somewhere.”

  • Jul 11, 2023 06:21 PM IST

    Kerala LoP urges Himachal CM to ensure safety of stranded Malayali students

    Kerala's Leader of Opposition V D Satheesan on Tuesday wrote to Himachal Pradesh chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu urging him to ensure the safety of 47 students from Kerala who are stranded in Manali district due to the flash floods and torrential rains, PTI reported.

    Keralite students, including 45 medical students from Government Medical Colleges in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, have been stranded in the north Indian state since the rains wreaked havoc there, the letter said.

  • Jul 11, 2023 04:39 PM IST

    Tourists airlifting hampered at Chandetral in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal amid bad weather

    A helicopter sent to evacuate stranded tourists in Chandetral in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh had to return on Tuesday due to bad weather conditions, PTI reported citing officials. The first evacuation sortie took off around 12 noon from Bhuntar but had to return due to bad weather and a thick cloud cover.

  • Jul 11, 2023 04:04 PM IST

    Hydropower plants in Himachal suspend operations due to floods

    Several hydropower plants in Himachal Pradesh have suspended operations due to flooding caused by the torrential rains that the country is currently witnessing. 

    According to a Bloomberg report, SJVN Ltd. halted its 1,500 megawatt Nathpa Jhakri plant on Sunday, the hill state’s largest hydro station and will only resume generation once silt levels have subsided. It has also shut a 412 megawatt hydro facility.

  • Jul 11, 2023 03:39 PM IST

    Former UP CM Mayawati urges Centre to help rain affected areas

    Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, urged the Centre on Tuesday to provide assistance to the areas that have suffered damage and destruction due to heavy rainfall over the past few days. She was quoted by PTI as saying, "The Centre should immediately extend help to the rain-battered states."

  • Jul 11, 2023 03:09 PM IST

    ‘Water crisis, roads shut…urging authorities to look into it’: Himachal locals

    Villagers in Himachal's Solan said the condition in the area is bad and that the incessant rain has caused “severe destruction”, PTI reported.

    "It's been raining heavily since the last three days which has caused severe destruction. For the first time, I saw a cloudburst, it was a dreadful sight. Roads have been shut, villagers are struggling for medical facilities," says a resident of Solan, Himachal Pradesh.

    "We are facing water crisis for the last 4-5 days. We urge the authorities to look into it," say residents of Shimla as water supply to several parts of the city remains disrupted due to heavy rainfall.

  • Jul 11, 2023 02:55 PM IST

    ‘Red alert’ in Uttarakhand, heavy rain expected in northwest UP: IMD

    A “red alert” has been issued for Uttarakhand and heavy rainfall is expected in northwest UP, ANI reported citing IMD scientist. The report further said that significant rain has subsided in Himachal and light to moderate rain is likely to occur in Delhi/NCR.

  • Jul 11, 2023 02:40 PM IST

    Himachal CM Sukhu conducts aerial survey of flood-affected areas

    Himachal Pradesh chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Tuesday conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of the state. Earlier on Monday he said that the state has not seen such heavy rains for the past 50 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke with the chief minister regarding damages caused due to heavy rains in the state and assured full support to the state government to come out of crisis.

  • Jul 11, 2023 02:30 PM IST

    Which villages lost motor connectivity due to bridge collapse over Uttarakhand's Jummagad river

    The Chamoli district administration in Uttarakhand on Tuesday said motor connectivity to Kaga, Garpak, Dronagiri, Jellum, Kosa, Malari, Mahargaon, Kailashpur, Prakiya, Bampa, Gamshali and Neeti villages -- all of which lie beyond Jumma village -- were cut off after the bridge was washed away in the flood of Jummagad river. Supply to border outposts by road has also come to a standstill.

  • Jul 11, 2023 02:08 PM IST

    Bridge washed away due to flood in Uttarakhand's Jummagad river, contact lost with border villages

    Amid heavy rainfall, the flooding in Jummagad river, located in the border area of Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, resulted in the destruction of a bridge constructed over it, leading to the blockage of the Indo-Tibet border road in that region.

  • Jul 11, 2023 02:01 PM IST

    Watch: Heap of garbage results in waterlogging in Uttarakhand's Haridwar amid heavy rain

  • Jul 11, 2023 01:51 PM IST

    Rainfall alert for various districts of Rajasthan tomorrow

    In Rajasthan, the weather office has predicted heavy rainfall in Baran, Bharatpur, Bundi, Dholpur, Jhalawar, Karauli, Kota and Sawai Madhopur districts on Wednesday.

  • Jul 11, 2023 01:44 PM IST

    Heavy downpour in Rajasthan continues; one dead

    Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in isolated parts of Rajasthan and one rain-related death was also reported in Pratapgarh district.

  • Jul 11, 2023 01:23 PM IST

    4 pilgrims from MP dead as landslide buries vehicles in Uttarkashi

    Four pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh died and seven more were injured when a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried three vehicles near the Gangnani bridge on the Gangotri National Highway here, officials said on Tuesday.

    The incident took place on Monday night when the vehicles came under debris due to the landslide from the hill near the bridge.

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressed grief over the incident and urged people to avoid unnecessary travel during heavy rains.

    Three of the four bodies have been recovered and efforts are underway to pull out the fourth from the rubble, Bhatwadi Sub-Collector Chatar Singh Chauhan said.


  • Jul 11, 2023 01:14 PM IST

    UP: Man killed, wife and son injured as house collapses following heavy rainfall

    A 42-year-old man died while his wife and son were injured when their single-storey house collapsed following incessant rainfall in Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, police officials said on Tuesday.

    They said the incident occurred in the Salyan neighbourhood of Jewar town around midnight.

    "Satveer, his wife Anuradha (38) and son Nitin (19) were inside the house when it collapsed. Neighbours and other local people rushed to help them and the trio was taken to a nearby hospital, where Satveer succumbed to injuries," a police spokesperson said.

    The official said the wife and the son are undergoing treatment, adding that the body of the deceased has been sent for a post-mortem examination.


  • Jul 11, 2023 12:56 PM IST

    IAF chopper requisitioned to airlift tourists stranded at Chandertal in Himachal Pradesh

    A helicopter from the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been requisitioned to airlift the tourists stranded at Chandertal in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh while a rescue team from Kaza has reached Kunzum Top and is just eight kilometres away from the lake, Principal Secretary, Revenue, Onkar Chand Sharma said on Tuesday.

    Around 300 people, mostly tourists, are stuck in camps at Chandertal, located at an altitude of 14,100 feet, following rain and snowfall in the region.

    "Two of them were facing breathing issues due to the high altitude and they would be airlifted," Sharma said.


  • Jul 11, 2023 12:31 PM IST

    Weather clears in rain-battered Punjab, Haryana, authorities step up relief efforts

    The rain ebbed on Tuesday after three days of incessant downpour, which left behind a trail of destruction in several parts of Punjab and Haryana where properties worth crores were damaged and nine lives lost.

    The governments in both states have stepped up efforts to provide relief to affected people even as they scramble to conduct rescue operations.

    On Tuesday morning, the weather was clear at most places in the region which brought relief to the people, after the incessant downpour inundated homes and caused extensive damage to crops and vegetables in many districts.


  • Jul 11, 2023 12:14 PM IST

    Himachal's Shimla faces drinking water scarcity amid severe incessant rainfall

    Shimla faces drinking water scarcity amid severe incessant rainfall. Shimla Jal Prabandhan Nigam Ltd (SJPNL) supplies water to people through tankers.


  • Jul 11, 2023 11:59 AM IST

    Himachal CM to visit flood-affected areas of Manali and Kullu

    Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said on Tuesday that he would visit parts of Manali and Kullu. He tweeted, “Today, I am visiting the flood affected area of District Mandi and Kullu to personally access the damage caused to human life and property by flash floods and heavy rains.”

  • Jul 11, 2023 11:47 AM IST

    ‘Stranded people being taken care of’: Kullu Deputy Commissioner

    Kullu Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg said on Tuesday, “The weather has improved since last night which has helped us make progress in our restoration work. I want to assure that the stranded people are being taken care of as seven relief camps have been set up in Kullu.”

  • Jul 11, 2023 10:53 AM IST

    Watch: Portion of Panchkula flyover washed away due to heavy rainfall

    A portion of a flyover in Panchkula washed away due to heavy rainfall in the city. Cracks were also seen at many places on the road.


  • Jul 11, 2023 10:48 AM IST

    ‘Waterlogging has become yearly ritual’: Delhi LG

    After visiting Yamuna Bazar area, Delhi LG VK Saxena says, “...Waterlogging has become a yearly ritual. Sewage cleaning is not done, drain water is not treated properly. Due to all these things which have been not done for years, waterlogging occurs. Desilting of Yamuna should be done regularly. Najafgarh drain desilting should be done regularly. I will try to see to it that attention is paid to all this so that people don't have to face this...Nature doesn't inform us in advance, we have to be prepared for it.”

  • Jul 11, 2023 10:21 AM IST

    Watch: People wade through waterlogged street in the Yamuna Bazar area

    People wade through water in the Yamuna Bazar area near Old Yamuna Bridge. The area is flooded due to a rise in the water level of River Yamuna.


  • Jul 11, 2023 10:01 AM IST

    Watch: Chandigarh-Manali national highway closed after landslide near Six Mile area in Himachal Pradesh

    Chandigarh-Manali national highway closed following landslide near Six Mile area in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi.

  • Jul 11, 2023 09:49 AM IST

    Minimum temperature in Delhi settles below normal

    Moderate rain has been forecast in Delhi on Tuesday with the minimum temperature settling at 24.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.

    The relative humidity at 8.30 am was recorded at 96 per cent, according to data shared by the India Meteorological Department.

    Delhi had received torrential rains on Saturday and Sunday and recorded 107 mm of precipitation between 8.30 am on Sunday and 8:30 am on Monday. Commuters had to navigate through waterlogged roads and battle traffic snarls on Monday morning. The city received 8 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Tuesday. The minimum temperature on Monday was recorded at 25.1 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average.


  • Jul 11, 2023 09:40 AM IST

    Amarnath Yatra remains suspended for 4th consecutive day from Jammu

    The Amarnath Yatra was suspended for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday due to a closure of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway owing to the extensive damage caused to its Ramban section, leaving 15,000 pilgrims stranded in Jammu and at other places.

    Authorities said incessant rains have caused unprecedented damage to the highway, especially the stretch falling in Ramban district, forcing its closure for traffic on Monday.

    Despite the suspension of the yatra, the pilgrims remain undeterred and optimistic about visiting the Amarnath cave shrine, even if it means waiting for days.


  • Jul 11, 2023 09:31 AM IST

    Delhi rain: Orange alert issued, Yamuna crosses danger mark; schools shut

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued an ‘orange alert’ in Delhi as the Yamuna River's water level crossed the danger mark due to the incessant rainfall over the past few days. According to the Central Water Commission, the water level in the Yamuna River touched 206. 24 meters - slightly above the danger mark of 205.33 meters.

    On Monday night, the water level of the Yamuna at the Old Railway Bridge was recorded at 206.04 mm. Notably, the high flood level is 207.49 meters, said officials.

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  • Jul 11, 2023 08:53 AM IST

    Watch: Mandi in Himachal Pradesh faces a flood-like situation

    Mandi in Himachal Pradesh faces a flood-like situation as river Beas swells due to incessant rainfall. 


  • Jul 11, 2023 08:52 AM IST

    Waterlogging at Pragati Maidan tunnel continues, Delhi police issues advisory

    In an advisory issued by Delhi Police on Tuesday, it said, “Movement of traffic will remain restricted at Pragati Maidan tunnel due to waterlogging. Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly.”

    Further, in another tweet, Delhi Police said, “Iron bridge pusta road Gandhi Nagar is closed for Public/Traffic till further orders due to dangerous level of water in Yamuna river. Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly.”

  • Jul 11, 2023 08:48 AM IST

    Three killed in landslide Gangotri National Highway in Uttarakhand

    Three killed as several vehicles get buried under debris from rain-triggered landslide on Gangotri National Highway in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi.


  • Jul 11, 2023 08:38 AM IST

    Punjab traffic diverted before Ambala

    As the district administration announced closure of NH-44 (Panipat-Jalandhar) or GT Road due to breach at a portion by overflowing Ghaggar river, traffic from Delhi towards Chandigarh or Delhi has been diverted before Ambala.

    The Haryana Police has diverted traffic at Shahabad in Kurukshetra towards state highways and no vehicle is being allowed to move beyond Mohra village of Ambala. The traffic on Ambala-Chandigarh and Ambala-Ludhiana sections was being stopped as the Ghaggar water was coming on the main carriageway through agricultural fields making it unsafe for the commuting.

    After visiting the affected spot near Shambhu toll plaza on Ambala-Patiala border, Deputy Commissioner Shaleen had announced temporary closure of highway Monday night.

    HT Correspondent

  • Jul 11, 2023 08:27 AM IST

    Watch: Residential areas of Ambala waterlogged

    Incessant rainfall for the past few days in Ambala leaves the residential areas of the city waterlogged as Ghaggar River swells and overflows.


  • Jul 11, 2023 08:24 AM IST

    MCD schools to remain closed on Tuesday as heavy rainfall disrupts normal life in Delhi

    All schools run, aided or recognised by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will remain closed on July 11 in view of incessant rainfall in the national capital and the forecast of adverse weather conditions. The order was issued by the education department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Monday evening as heavy rainfall disrupted the daily lives of residents, with severe waterlogging problems reported from various parts of the city.

    The schools, however, will remain closed only for students and the department heads and teachers shall come to schools as usual, according to the order. All offices will also be functional.

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  • Jul 11, 2023 08:15 AM IST

    Rain-heavy system over north likely to subside by today, to shift to east: IMD

    The extreme rainfall that has ravaged Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi since Saturday will likely subside by Tuesday, although there will be rain over Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan, the India Meteorological Department said on Monday. Extremely heavy rainfall is also likely over northeastern India and adjoining areas of eastern India in the next three days, the weather office said.

    In the past two days, an interaction between a western disturbance and the monsoon trough led to extremely heavy rainfall over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, causing landslides, flooding and widespread damage, HT reported on Monday. The unusual interaction of a western disturbance with the monsoon trough can be devastating, as witnessed during the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.

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  • Jul 11, 2023 07:46 AM IST

    ‘Every year during monsoon’: Uttarakhand CM

    Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami says, “Every year during monsoon, we have to face natural calamities. We get on alert mode as soon as this season comes...We have requested all Chardham Yatra pilgrims to be alert and initiate their Yatra only after taking note of the weather. Kanwar Yatra is also underway. It is raining at several locations and the Administration is monitoring it...”


  • Jul 11, 2023 07:01 AM IST

    IMD issues fresh 'red' and 'orange' alerts in Himachal for next 24 hours

    There appears to be no immediate respite for Himachal Pradesh, which has been battered by rains over the last few days, as the India Meteorological Department (IMD issued "red" and "orange" alerts for several districts of the hill-state for the next 24 hours.

  • Jul 11, 2023 06:48 AM IST

    Delhi: Yamuna flows over danger mark at 206.24 mm

    The water level of the Yamuna, which breached the danger mark of 205.33 metres earlier on Monday, triggering an Orange alert, was recorded at 206.24 on Tuesday, according to data shared by the Flood Control Department in the national capital.

  • Jul 11, 2023 06:38 AM IST

    Himachal has not seen such rains, rivers are in spate: Former CM Jairam Thakur

    Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Jairam Thakur said, “We have never seen this situation in past several years and we have very worried after seeing the situation of the state. Rise in water level is seen in several small and big rivers of the state. If the situation continues to be the same, there can be more damage.”

  • Jul 11, 2023 05:36 AM IST

    Heavy rainfall disrupts train services on Sanehwal-Ambala route

    Heavy rainfall across the entire North Indian belt and especially in states such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana not only affected normal life but also threw the travel plans of railway passengers haywire.

  • Jul 11, 2023 05:08 AM IST

    Heavy showers claim 42 lives so far in north India

    At least 42 people have died because of heavy rains in various parts of India in the past 72 hours that has disruption normal life, causing flooding in several places in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh and damage to property in Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

    According to disaster management officials of the rain hit states, 20 have died in Himachal, 15 in Jammu and Kashmir, five in Delhi, and one each in Rajasthan and Haryana.

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