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.
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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:
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.
Schools shut in Himachal
Schools have been directed to remain closed in Kangra, Kullu and Hamirpur districts of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
Chamera dam gates opened
Gates of Chamera dam in Himachal’s Chamba opened to release excess water following heavy and incessant rainfall, reports ANI.
Rains in Delhi may abate from weekend
Monsoon rains in Delhi are likely to abate from Saturday, the weather office said on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rainfall damages bridge over River Tawi
J&K: A suspended wooden bridge over river Tawi in Udhampur district's Rampur is in dilapidated condition. Locals say," The wooden planks are broken, it's dangerous to cross the bridge." DC Udhampur says, "The damage to the bridge is due to rainfall, we'll restore it immediately." pic.twitter.com/zyTCTUtwQ7— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018
Rivers in Himachal rage on
Visuals of overflowing river in Bharmour’s Kharamukh area in Himachal’s Chamba district.
Heavy rainfall alert in Uttarakhand
Met department has issued heavy rainfall alert for Pauri, Nainital, Dehradun and Haridwar districts in Uttarakhand.
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.
Rains here to stay for some time
IMD says withdrawal of southwest monsoon is likely to commence from Rajasthan around September 29, reports ANI.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Kathua: Rivers flowing above danger mark following heavy rainfall in the area. Deputy Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria, says, "we rescued people from various places in district since y'day morning.We also evacuated around 80 families from near rivers to safer places.'#JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/A5CjKCdycs— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018
Snowfall in Keylong
Keylong in HimachalPradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district receives fresh snowfall.
Babeli Nature Park flooded
Visuals from Babeli Nature Park in Kullu following heavy and incessant rainfall in the region.
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.
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.
Tremors felt in Himachal
Moderate intensity earthquake felt in Himachal’s Sirmaur district, officials said. No loss of life or property was reported.
Watch: IAF rescues two people stranded in Mandi during floods
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.
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.”
Rain continues to lash several parts of Himachal Pradesh: Visuals from Shimla. IMD Director says, "heavy to very heavy rainfall expected in central and western districts of the state. Higher reaches of Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti & Kinnaur expected to receive snowfall." pic.twitter.com/8FrTFTAj1I— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018
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.
Streets waterlogged following heavy and incessant rainfall in Himachal’s Mandi district.
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.
Landslides block roads
Roads blocked at Wangtoo and Tapti due to landslides in Himachal’s Kinnaur district, restoration work underway, reports ANI.
Himachal Pradesh: Road blocked at Wangtoo and Tapti due to landslides in Kinnaur district; Restoration work is underway. pic.twitter.com/5Li6OyuBCs— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2018