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Rains highlights: Flash floods, landslides hit J&K and Himachal Pradesh, schools in many areas shut

Many roads, including several national highways, have been blocked due to landslides across Himachal Pradesh. Follow live updates here.

By HT Correspondent | Sep 24, 2018 23:56 IST

Heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh killing 13 people and blocking roads, officials said on Monday.

At least five people were killed in a landslide in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Three people were washed away near Manali late on Sunday night when their vehicle fell into the swollen Beas river. Elsewhere, two people were washed away in the Parbati river in Manikaran valley, while one girl died near Bajaura. A man was drowned in a swollen rivulet near Palampur town in Kangra district, while another was killed when a building was washed away in a rivulet in Una district.

Here are the live updates:

10:45pm IST

Heavy rains expected in Kerala

MeT department makes forecasts for heavy rains in five districts in Kerala. The state is expected to witness heavy downpour on September 25 and 26. The five districts are Idukki, Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Palakkad and Thrissur.

10:40pm IST

Schools shut in Himachal

Schools have been directed to remain closed in Kangra, Kullu and Hamirpur districts of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

9:35pm IST

Chamera dam gates opened

Gates of Chamera dam in Himachal’s Chamba opened to release excess water following heavy and incessant rainfall, reports ANI.

9:30pm IST

Rains in Delhi may abate from weekend

Monsoon rains in Delhi are likely to abate from Saturday, the weather office said on Monday.

9:20pm IST

Kerala govt floats tender to repair damaged roads

The Kerala government has floated a Rs 1000 crore tender to repair roads destroyed in the devastating floods that ravaged the state last month, reports PTI.

9:10pm IST

Heavy rains in Bengaluru

A downpour accompanied by strong winds lashed Bengaluru and its suburbs, flooding roads and uprooting scores of trees with rainfalls ranging from 12 cm to 20 cm being recorded in the space of just a few hours, reports PTI.

9:00pm IST

Vijay Hazare matches washed out

All three matches of Group B in the Vijay Hazare Trophy were completely washed out due to heavy rain in New Delhi.

8:35pm IST

Schools to shut in Kangra

Due to heavy rainfall alert for the next 24 hours, all government and private educational institutions and anganwadi centres in Himachal’s Kangra district to remain closed tomorrow, reports ANI.

8:00pm IST

Rainfall damages bridge over River Tawi

7:20pm IST

Rivers in Himachal rage on

Visuals of overflowing river in Bharmour’s Kharamukh area in Himachal’s Chamba district.

7:02pm IST

Heavy rainfall alert in Uttarakhand

Met department has issued heavy rainfall alert for Pauri, Nainital, Dehradun and Haridwar districts in Uttarakhand.

7:00pm IST

Army on alert

Army has been asked to remain on alert to help the state deal with any eventuality arising out of the situation: Official spokesperson Of Punjab government regarding flood situation.

6:45pm IST

Rains here to stay for some time

IMD says withdrawal of southwest monsoon is likely to commence from Rajasthan around September 29, reports ANI.

6:05pm IST

IAF rescues 21 people in two days

The Indian Air Force rescued 21 people stranded on islets in the swollen Beas river in Himachal Pradesh over the last two days, officials said.

5:50pm IST

Gates of Ranjit Sagar Dam opened

Gates of Ranjit Sagar Dam in Kathua opened to release excess water following heavy and incessant rainfall in the region. Deputy commissioner Rohit Khajuria told ANI, “We had warned people that gates will be opened and they should stay away.”

5:40pm IST

Amarinder announces assessment of crop damage

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has announced assessment of crop damage due to heavy rains over the past four days. He has also asked his food and civil supplies and animal husbandry ministers to appoint nodal officers for distribution of food packets to the affected people and dry fodder for animals, reports ANI.

5:30pm IST

Many people rescued in Kathua

Rivers flow above danger mark following heavy rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district. Deputy commissioner Rohit Khajuria told ANI, “We rescued people from various places in the district since Sunday morning. We also evacuated around 80 families from near the rivers to safer places.”

5:15pm IST

Snowfall in Keylong

Keylong in HimachalPradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district receives fresh snowfall.

5:12pm IST

Babeli Nature Park flooded

Visuals from Babeli Nature Park in Kullu following heavy and incessant rainfall in the region.

5:10pm IST

Rains could damage crops: Experts

Incessant rains in Punjab and Haryana could cause damage to kharif crops and dip in their yield, farm experts say.

4:55pm IST

Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand hit

Incessant rains lash Uttarakhand affecting the ‘chardham yatra’ with roads to Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri shrines blocked by landslide rubble in the hills.

4:50pm IST

Tremors felt in Himachal

Moderate intensity earthquake felt in Himachal’s Sirmaur district, officials said. No loss of life or property was reported.

4:45pm IST

Watch: IAF rescues two people stranded in Mandi during floods

4:25pm IST

Sukhna lake’s floodgates opened

For the first time in a decade, two of Sukhna lake’s floodgates have been opened after incessant rain in Chandigarh.

4:20pm IST

Heavy rains, snow expected in Himachal

Rains continue to lash parts of Himachal Pradesh. IMD director says, “Heavy to very heavy rainfall expected in central and western districts of the state. Higher reaches of Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur expected to receive snowfall.”

4:15pm IST

Schools closed in Punjab

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh announces closure of all schools in the state on Tuesday (September 25) in view of incessant rains and the looming flood threat.

4:10pm IST

Mandi stranded

Streets waterlogged following heavy and incessant rainfall in Himachal’s Mandi district.

4:05pm IST

People asked not to go near rivers

Water levels in the rivers have risen. We are continuously monitoring the situation. Following heavy rainfall alert for today, we have appealed to people to stay indoors and not to go near the rivers: R Thakur, DC, Mandi, tells ANI.

4:00pm IST

Landslides block roads

Roads blocked at Wangtoo and Tapti due to landslides in Himachal’s Kinnaur district, restoration work underway, reports ANI.