#NorthIndiaRains: 12 killed in UP; Yamuna flowing above danger mark
(Sourced from PTI)
Torrential rains continued to batter parts of north India today, with worst-hit Uttar Pradesh recording 12 rain-related deaths and waters of the Yamuna flowing above the danger mark in the national capital. Seventy people have died and 77 suffered injuries in rain-related incidents in UP since Thursday, officials said today. The maximum number of 11 deaths was reported from Saharanpur.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath has directed all districts' officials to alert people and undertake extensive tours in the affected areas and identify dilapidated buildings and get them vacated. He directed officials to give financial and medical assistance to people severely affected by rains. The meteorological department said heavy-to-very-heavy-rain is very likely at some places with extremely heavy rain over east Uttar Pradesh tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in Delhi, River Yamuna's water level remained above the danger mark; authorities set up a flood control-room and also round-the-clock emergency operation center. Traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi was closed due to rising water levels. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia took stock of the evacuation work in low-lying areas and appealed to the people to move to safer areas.
The Yamuna's water level reached 205.30m at 7:00pm yesterday, prompting authorities to rescue people from low-lying areas. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also held an emergency meeting with top officials. Discharge from Hathnikund Barrage at 5:00pm was 112,540 cusecs, with water level expected to rise further.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar held an emergency meeting with senior officials to review the situation in Yamunanagar district following the Yamuna's water-level rise after heavy rains. He also conducted an aerial survey of the Hathnikund barrage. Officials of Panipat, Sonepat and Palwal district administration informed Khattar that though the river in these districts was near the danger mark, the situation was under control.
In Himachal Pradesh, the Kinner Kailash pilgrimage was suspended till furthers orders due to heavy rains and flash floods in the state's Kinnaur district. The move came a day after two pilgrims were swept away by flash floods in Kangrang Nullah. Rain is likely to continue for a couple of days in several parts of the state, it said.
Rainfall deficiency over east and northeast India came down in last one week but the country-wide monsoon deficiency remains at 5%, according to IMD data. Nearly 74% of the country received normal rainfall until now this season. The southern peninsula and central India have been witnessing good rains, but east and northeast India have been witnessing deficient rainfall and a negative precipitation of 29%.
Rainfall deficiency in states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir is -1%. Rainfall occurred at most places over Kerala, coastal Karnataka, few places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, interior Karnataka, isolated places over Telangana, and Tamilnadu, the Met said.