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Monsoon highlights: Heavy rains claim 37 lives in north India; Army, NDRF teams join for rescue ops

Today Weather News highlights: Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Delhi are predicted to receive heavy to very heavy rains on Monday.
Jalandhar MP Sushil Rinku holds a baby during a rescue operation at the flood-affected areas following heavy monsoon rains
Jalandhar MP Sushil Rinku holds a baby during a rescue operation at the flood-affected areas following heavy monsoon rains

Today Weather News highlights: Major cities in north India have reported loss of life and property, as well as disruption in transport and power as heavy rainfall lashed parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh, on Sunday, leading to waterlogging, flash floods and landslides. Several parts of northwest India witnessed a heavy spell of rain with Delhi shattering a 41-year record. There were reports of house collapses, uprooting of trees and waterlogging in several residential colonies. Waterlogging issues were also observed in diplomatic enclaves such as Chanakyapuri, Kaka Nagar, Bharti Nagar, and other prominent roads and colonies under the jurisdiction of the NDMC....Read More

Heavy rain will continue to batter north India as Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Delhi is predicted to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Monday.

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July 11, 2023 3:31 AM IST

Southern Haryana districts spared rain wrath

As heavy rains battered the northern parts of Haryana for the third consecutive day on Monday, the southern districts of the state comparatively experienced relief from the monsoon misery. Read more

July 11, 2023 2:26 AM IST

Jammu- Srinagar NH closed; Amarnath Yatra remains suspended

The annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas remained suspended from Jammu City for the third consecutive day on Monday, said officials. Read more

July 11, 2023 12:53 AM IST

Punjab: Chief Secretary chairs high level meeting to take stock of situation amid continuous rain

To take stock of the situation due to continuous heavy rains across the state and in hilly places and to speed up the relief work in the state, Chief Secretary Anurag Verma chaired a high-level meeting on Monday.

The meeting was attended by the administrative secretaries of the concerned departments and the Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of all the districts through video conferencing. In the meeting, Special Chief Secretary to Chief Minister A. Venu Prasad, D.G.P. Gaurav Yadav, and Representatives of the Army and NDRF were also present, said a press release by the Information and Public Relations Department, Punjab.

July 10, 2023 11:42 PM IST

As heavy rain batters north India, 42 got killed

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.

July 10, 2023 11:04 PM IST

As heavy rain batters north India, 37 got killed; Army, NDRF teams in rescue ops

Incessant rains unleashed more death and destruction on Monday in parts of north India with 37 people killed in landslides and other rain-related incidents in the last two days even as the Army and NDRF teams stepped in to intensify the relief and rescue operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken with chief ministers of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand about the situation and assured them of all help and support from the central government.

Modi also spoke with senior ministers and officials and took stock of the situation in the wake of excessive rainfall in parts of the country, his office said.

July 10, 2023 10:36 PM IST

Monsoon fury unabated in Himachal Pradesh, toll 18; over 300 stranded

There was no let-up in the monsoon fury in Himachal Pradesh on Monday with flash floods and landslides claiming 18 lives over the past two days, affecting most hydropower projects and destroying property worth hundreds of crores of rupees.

Officials said over 300 tourists and local people are stranded in Chandertal, Pagal Nallah and other places in Lahaul and Spiti, while teams of National Disaster Response Force, police and home guard rescued 515 labourers from waterlogged slum areas at Lalsingi in Una district.

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said efforts are on to rescue the 300 stranded people, and they could be airlifted as the weather clears. Power and water supply has been snapped in several areas.

July 10, 2023 10:07 PM IST

Congress seeks relief package from PM Modi for flood-hit Himachal Pradesh 

The Congress on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a relief package for Himachal Pradesh and other rain-affected states, adding that he should not see politics while distributing such funds as it is not good for a democracy.

As torrential rains hit states killing several people, the Congress called upon the prime minister to provide a package from the PM Cares Fund and not see which party was in power in the affected states.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge asked the Centre to make available additional relief from the PM CARES Fund for states affected by the torrential rain pounding several parts of north India, including Himachal Pradesh. (PTI)

July 10, 2023 9:43 PM IST

Army, NDRF teams step in for rescue ops as heavy rain batters north India

Incessant rains played havoc for the third consecutive day on Monday in parts of north India, particularly Himachal Pradesh where landslides claimed four more lives even as the Army and NDRF teams stepped in to intensify the relief and rescue operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken with chief ministers of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand about the situation and assured them of all help and support from the central government.

Modi also spoke with senior ministers and officials and took stock of the situation in the wake of excessive rainfall in parts of the country, his office said.

Several rivers, including the Yamuna in Delhi, in north India are in spate. In cities and towns across the region, many roads and residential areas were submerged in knee-deep water with the civic system unable to hold on in the face of record rains on Sunday. (ANI)

July 10, 2023 9:22 PM IST

IMD predicts intense spells in Himachal Pradesh likely to reduce from tomorrow

The India Meteorological Department on Monday said that the intense spell of rains over Himachal Pradesh is likely to decrease from tomorrow, however, Uttarakhand may continue to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next three days.

Speaking with ANI, IMD Senior Scientist Dr Soma Sen Roy said, "Currently if you see in terms of warnings, today also, we have given an extremely heavy rainfall warning for Himachal Pradesh, mostly over western Uttarakhand, Northeast Punjab, Haryana, Northwestern parts of west Uttar Pradesh, and South Rajasthan. These regions that I have just mentioned are likely to get heavy to very heavy rainfall, up to 20 cm of rainfall."

He also said that very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is expected over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam, especially Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh for the next three days.

July 10, 2023 9:03 PM IST

Delhi MCD schools to remain closed tomorrow in view of heavy rainfall alert

All Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools, MCD-aided and recognised schools will remain closed on Tuesday for students, in view of the heavy rainfall alert.

July 10, 2023 8:33 PM IST

Himachal's Kangra sufferes ₹75 crore-worth of loss due to rain

Incessant rains over the past four days have damaged public facilities worth around 75 crore in Kangra, District Collector Nipun Jindal said on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the deputy commissioner apprised Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu of the current situation in the district during a video conference meeting.

Addressing reporters here after the meeting, Jindal said owing to torrential rains from July 6 to July 9, the district suffered losses of 75 crore, of which the Public Works Department (PWD) incurred a loss of about 31 crore.

July 10, 2023 8:18 PM IST

Massive traffic snarls, waterlogging in Delhi after heavy downpour

Heavy traffic jams and congestion in several parts of Delhi were reported on Monday after heavy rains continued to batter the city, causing waterlogging.

The tunnel connecting Pragati Maidan to the transit corridor is temporarily closed due to the occurrence of significant waterlogging.

According to traffic police officials, the heavy downpour in the area has resulted in the inundation of the Pragati Maidan tunnel, rendering it inaccessible for public use. "To mitigate the water logging situation, an extensive pumping operation is currently underway," they said.

July 10, 2023 8:00 PM IST

IMD issues yellow alert for Delhi; expect heavy rain

The India Meteorological Department on Monday issued a 'yellow alert' for the national capital while the Yamuna River in Delhi, which was flowing above warning level for hours, crossed the danger mark of 205.33 metres at 5 pm on Monday, the latest data from the flood control department said.

Moreover, Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj stated that the government is on alert mode and that is fully prepared to control the situation after the administration issued a flood alert following the release of a significant amount of water, totaling over one lakh cusecs, into the Yamuna River from the Hathnikund barrage by Haryana. Additionally, at 1 pm on Monday, 1,90,837 cusecs of water was released from the same barrage.

July 10, 2023 7:30 PM IST

100 trains cancelled in north India amid heavy rains: Northern Railways

As per latest communication from Northern Railways, a total of 100 trains cancelled in North India due to heavy rain fall on Ambala-Chandigarh-Kalka, Sirhind-Nangal Dam, Chandigarh-Sahnewal and Ambala-Saharanpur sections.

Ambala-Saharanpur and Kalka-Shimla sections and tracks beyond Nangal Dam remain closed for Day 2. No seeming restoration as no respite from rain yet.

July 10, 2023 6:55 PM IST

PM Modi extends full support to Himachal govt amid flood crisis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and assured "unwavering support" to his government as heavy rainfall caused widespread damage across the state.

The prime minister inquired about the extent of the damage caused to life and property due to heavy rains and floods, an official statement issued here said.

Sukhu informed Modi that the state has been severely affected by floods and landslides, it said.

He said roads have been damaged while water and electric supply has been disrupted, and urged the prime minister to declare the situation as a national calamity, the statement said.

July 10, 2023 6:43 PM IST

Around 24 trains cancelled on Delhi-Ambala route

"Around 24 trains running on the Delhi-Ambala route have been cancelled following inclement weather in North India...It is not possible to give an estimate of monetary loss right now," says Shobhan Chaudhari, General Manager, Northern Railway

July 10, 2023 6:39 PM IST

Yamuna river breaches danger mark in Delhi

The Yamuna crossed the danger mark of 205.33 metres in Delhi on Monday as torrential rains pummelled the upper catchment areas of the river for the third day on the trot.

The river breached the danger mark earlier than expected. It was predicted that it would cross the danger mark by Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Central Water Commission's (CWC) flood-monitoring portal, the water level at the Old Railway Bridge had risen to 205.4 metres by 5 pm as Haryana released more water into the river from the Hathnikund barrage in Yamunanagar.

The water level is anticipated to rise to 206.65 metres on Tuesday before it starts receding.

July 10, 2023 6:27 PM IST

Himachal yatra halted for rest of season after 6 pilgrims die; rain death toll reaches 17

After six deaths reported during the pilgrimage, the Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra has been directed to halt for the rest of the season. Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu headed a review meeting of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and said that the state has reported 17 deaths so far due to heavy rain. The initial estimate of loss ranges between 3000 crore to 4000 crore, he further said. 

Also, efforts are underway to evacuate around 300 stranded tourists and residents in Lahaul-Spiti and Kullu districts by using helicopters once the weather permits. (ANI)

July 10, 2023 6:09 PM IST

Waterlogging reported in 70 locations, trees uprooted at 13 locations due to heavy rain

Delhi special CP of traffic, Surender Singh Yadav told news agency ANI that trees were uprooted at 13 locations in the city due to heavy rain on Sunday and as a result, traffic was disrupted at 9 places in the city. Waterlogging was reported at 70 locations.

July 10, 2023 5:56 PM IST

Yamuna water level touches 205.40 metre at Old Railway Bridge crossing danger level

Yamuna water level touched 205.40metre at Old Railway Bridge after crossing the "danger level" mark on Monday. (ANI)
Yamuna water level touched 205.40metre at Old Railway Bridge after crossing the "danger level" mark on Monday. (ANI)
July 10, 2023 5:44 PM IST

Punjab CM Mann swings into action to take stock on relief, recuse measures on ground

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann swung into action, taking stock of relief and rescue measures at the grassroots level. He conducted a whirlwind tour of rain-affected areas and interacts with people evacuated from low-lying areas after heavy downpour.

July 10, 2023 5:28 PM IST

Watch: Heavy rain in parts of national capital

July 10, 2023 4:49 PM IST

Delhi govt on ‘high alert’ for evacuations at Yamuna bank as it crosses ‘danger’ mark

Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj on Monday said that the government is on “high alert”. “As soon as the Yamuna river crosses 206 meters of water level, we will begin evacuations along the bank of the river,” he further said.

July 10, 2023 4:43 PM IST

Himachal has not seen such ‘heavy rain’ in past 50 years: CM Sukhu

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Skhvinder Singh Sukhu on Monday said that the state has not witnessed such "widespread heavy rains" in the past 50 years and that there has been a loss of about 3,000 crore for the state in this monsoon season so far.

July 10, 2023 4:29 PM IST

Himachal: Landslides kill 4 more in Shimla as rain havoc continues 

Landslides in Himachal Pradesh claimed four more lives in Shimla and the Shimla-Kalka highway was blocked on Monday morning as heavy rains wreaked havoc in the hill state continued for the third day, PTI reported.

July 10, 2023 4:19 PM IST

Yamuna's water level closes in on ‘danger’ mark at Delhi's Old Railway bridge

July 10, 2023 3:53 PM IST

Himachal: Mandi SSP says, ‘80 people have been rescued as water level Beas river continues to rise’

As incessant rain continues to hit Himachal Pradesh, SSP Mandi, Soumya Sambasivan said “We have rescued 80 people today. The situation is bad as the water level of the river is rising. Our team is on alert and we are reviewing the areas alongside the river Beas.” (ANI)

July 10, 2023 3:41 PM IST

Punjab board cancels reappear exams for class 5 and 8 amid school closure orders from CM

The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has canceled the reappear examinations for classes 5 and 8, which were scheduled for July 13, following the chief minister's announcement of a three-day school closure due to the state's incessant rainfall.

July 10, 2023 3:36 PM IST

UP CM Adityanath reviews flood situation amid rain

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a high-level meeting on Monday reviewed the efforts being made in the public interest following heavy rain in various districts of the state, ANI reported. There is a possibility of water level rise in rivers of the state following incessant rain in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

July 10, 2023 3:14 PM IST

Punjab schools to remain closed for next 3 days, announces CM Mann

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday announced holidays in all the private and government schools from across the state for three days. He said that efforts are on to mitigate the damage caused by flood. He was visiting shelter home in Mohali.

July 10, 2023 3:11 PM IST

Large portion of road caves in after massive tree falls amid rain in Chandigarh

A large portion of the road near the sector 17/22 dividing road has caved in after a massive tree fell due to incessant rainfall in Chandigarh. (ANI)
A large portion of the road near the sector 17/22 dividing road has caved in after a massive tree fell due to incessant rainfall in Chandigarh. (ANI)
July 10, 2023 3:02 PM IST

Yamuna's water enter into villages of Haryana's Karnal; roads closed

Water of Yamuna River entered several villages of Indri in Haryana's Karnal, PTI reported. Roads have been closed and SDRF team on the spot to carry out rescue operation.

July 10, 2023 2:54 PM IST

IMD issues ‘red alert’ for Chandigarh, heavy rain aniticipated next 3 hrs

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued “red alert” for Chandigarh, Panchkula (Haryana) and Mohali (Punjab) and heavy rainfall expected in next three hours.

July 10, 2023 2:43 PM IST

‘Spoke with Amit Shah, will reach out if necessary,’ says Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann 

Speaking to about the flood situation, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann said, “I spoke with Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday. He enquired about the flood situation and we explained that the situation is currently under control and that we will reach out to him if there is a need. We have information from Patiala where the river has reached danger levels...If need be, the NDRF teams are ready and the army also has its camps at a number of places.”

July 10, 2023 2:38 PM IST

Delhi witnesses ‘wettest July day’ 

Amid torrential rainfall across parts of the country, which increases the risk of widespread damage, the national capital witnessed its "wettest July day" in four decades, with knee-deep water filling the city on Sunday.

July 10, 2023 2:33 PM IST

Watch: Heavy water flow at Hathni Kund barrage in Haryana 

July 10, 2023 2:25 PM IST

Movement of traffic affected on Rohtak road: Delhi Police

Delhi traffice police on Monday said, “Movement of traffic is affected on Rohtak road in both the carriageways from Nangloi towards Mundka and vice-versa due to waterlogging. Kindly avoid the stretches.”

July 10, 2023 2:15 PM IST

‘Red alert' in Manali, but residents refuse to leave houses; SSP Soumya leads evacuation amid rain

As rain pounded Himachal Pradesh for the third consecutive day on Monday, 20 people stranded in Manali were rescued. However several residents in low-lying areas are refusing to leave their houses fearing damage to their properties.

In several videos, SSP Mandi Soumya Sambasivan is seen interacting with residents and urging them to leave homes immediately due to flood risk.

She, however, managed to evacuate 80 people residing in juggis (slums) to local gurudwaras in Mandi.

The state braced for another day of downpours with the Met office issuing a red alert for "extremely heavy rain", officials said.

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July 10, 2023 2:03 PM IST

Water level of Delhi Yamuna recorded at 204.63 m at 1 pm

River Yamuna in Delhi inches closer to the warning level. At 1 pm, water level of the river recorded at 204.63 m. Till 1 pm, 1,90,837 cusecs of water released from Hathinikund barrage into Yamuna. 

(ANI)

July 10, 2023 2:01 PM IST

Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh for third day

Record heavy rain for the third day on Monday led to rivers flowing above the danger mark and damaging property across Himachal Pradesh, while road and rail links remained disrupted.

A three-storeyed hotel building in old Manali came crashing down in the gushing waters of the Beas, while landslides disrupted traffic on 1,694 roads after heavy rain in the state.

As many as 2,044 water supply schemes were affected since Sunday. As a result, Shimla town went without water for the third day on Monday. The power house at Chaba near Shimla was inundated. Against a daily requirement of 42 MLD, Shimla town got only 11 MLD of water.

(HT)

July 10, 2023 1:55 PM IST

Yellow alert issued for Delhi, red alerts for Himachal: IMD

IMD Delhi Scientist : Soma Sen said on Monday, “We're expecting upto 12 cm rainfall in Delhi, it might be more, we're monitoring... there is a yellow alert for Delhi today...tomorrow onwards we're expecting rain to abate slightly over the north-west Himalayan region.”

She added, “We have given a warning for extremely heavy rainfall and issued red alerts in Himachal Pradesh...tomorrow onwards rain is likely to decrease in Himachal Pradesh but in Uttarakhand, for next 3 days, similar kind or a little lower intensity rain is likely to continue...today, heavy rain expected in eastern Punjab, Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh and south Rajasthan.”

July 10, 2023 1:43 PM IST

Watch: Portion of a bridge washed away in Himachal's Solan

Portion of a bridge washed away in the Baddi Nalagarh Industrial Area of Solan amid incessant rainfall in Himachal Pradesh.

(ANI)

July 10, 2023 1:42 PM IST

Flood like situation unlikely in Delhi: CM Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Kejriwal saying that the government was prepared, said during a conference, “As per CWC, Yamuna river is flowing at 203.58 meters in Delhi. It is expected to reach 205.5 meters tomorrow morning. Also, according to weather predictions, the water level in Yamuna is not expected to rise too high; flood-like situation unlikely. If Yamuna crosses the 206 mtr mark, then we will start evacuation along the banks of the river.”

July 10, 2023 1:36 PM IST

PM Modi takes stock of situation in wake of excessive rainfall across India

Prime Ministers' Office on Monday said, “PM @narendramodi spoke to senior Ministers and officials, and took stock of the situation in the wake of excessive rainfall in parts of India. Local administrations, NDRF and SDRF teams are working to ensure the well-being of those affected.”

July 10, 2023 1:28 PM IST

'Delhi's systems are not designed to take such unprecedented rain': Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal addressing press conference on Delhi's rainfall and waterlogging situation, says, “Delhi received 153mm of rain on 8th & 9th July. Delhi's systems are not designed to take such unprecedented rain, so people faced troubles.”

July 10, 2023 1:27 PM IST

'Not time to point fingers': Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, “This is not the time to point fingers at each other. The governments of all affected states need to work together to provide relief to the public.”

July 10, 2023 1:23 PM IST

See Photo: Delhi CM Kejriwal addresses press conference after emergency meet on Delhi rainfall situation

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal along with delhi cabinet ministers Atishi and Sourabh Bhardwaj addressing a press conference after emergency meeting on Delhi Rainfall and waterlogging situation.

July 10, 2023 1:16 PM IST

New Delhi Sees Wettest July Day in Decades as Rains Lash Region

India is facing the prospect of further torrential rainfall across swathes of the country over the coming days, increasing the risk of widespread damage after the wettest New Delhi day in four decades on Sunday left millions wading through knee-deep water.

Across the nation’s north, 19 people have been killed in the deluge, according to Press Trust of India. On social media, users shared dramatic footage of landslides, flash floods tearing through villages and rivers raging in Himachal Pradesh, one of the worst-hit states. In the country’s capital, shared images showed city streets turned into fast-moving waterways.

Safdarjung Observatory, the main weather station in Delhi, recorded 153 millimeters (roughly 6 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Sunday, the highest for a single day in July since 1982, raising water levels in the Yamuna River. It prompted the state to shut schools, while local officials sought to evacuate those living near the water.

(Bloomberg)

July 10, 2023 1:06 PM IST

Amid heavy rainfall, Punjab Government announces closure of schools till July 13

Punjab Government has announced closure of schools till July 13. Decision to close all government/aided and privtate schools taken following directions of the Chief Minister, tweets Education Minister Harjot Bains.

(HT)

July 10, 2023 12:57 PM IST

'Express my deepest condolences': Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expresses grief over loss of life due to heavy rainfall

Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to express grief over the loss of lives due to heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, “The news of loss of lives due to heavy rains and landslides in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and other North Indian states is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured. All Congress workers are requested to help the administration in relief work. We all have to face the difficult challenge of this natural calamity together.”