- Himachal Pradesh received 1065% more rain than normal on Sunday, 24 dead
- Cloud burst in many areas of Uttarakhand, 20 houses washed away in Uttarkashi; army engaged in rescue operations
- Landslides at 5 places on way to Badrinath, 800 passengers stranded
New Delhi: Heavy rains continued in the northern and mountainous states of the country. The Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rains in 10 states including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, East Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
Majority of the damage was reported from the two worst-hit states — Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand — as heavy rains remained unabated through the Himalayan belt. Hundreds were stranded after incessant rainfall triggered landslides, snapped road links, led to shutting down of hydropower projects and release of excess water from dams in the region.
24 die in Himachal Pradesh
On Sunday, 24 people died due to heavy rains and landslides in Himachal Pradesh. Besides, 12 people were injured. On the other hand, cloudburst in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand killed 17 people in two days. Army helicopters are engaged in relief and rescue operations.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rain is expected on Monday in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and some areas of Puducherry.
Uttarakhand: Many houses buried in Uttarkashi due to cloudburst
The cloudburst in Uttarkashi on Saturday night left many houses submerged. On Monday, Secretary-in-charge of the state Disaster Management Department SA Murugeshan said that 17 people died due to cloudburst in Mori tehsil of Uttarkashi. Two army helicopters are engaged in relief and rescue operations in Uttarkashi. Two people were evacuated from Mori.
Meanwhile, 800 passengers are stranded on the Badrinath highway due to landslides at 5 places. A school holiday was declared in Uttarkashi and Uttam Singh Nagar districts on Monday due to heavy rain alerts.
Himachal: 877 roads including 9 national highways closed
Of the 12 districts in Himachal, 11 are in the grip of heavy rains. Landslides and overflowing of roads led to the closure of 877 roads including 9 National Highways across the state. The state received 102.5 mm of rain on Sunday. This is 1065% more than the average rainfall in a day. The bridge over the Sutlej river was washed away in Shimla on Sunday.
Madhya Pradesh: Several cities will receive heavy rain from August 20
Rains continue in East Madhya Pradesh. On Sunday, 12 cities of the state, including Bhopal and Indore, received rain. Senior meteorologist AK Shukla said that the area of central West Bengal and Jharkhand has become a pressure area. This may increase the intensity of rain from 20 August. Sagar received the highest 3.1 cm rain.