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Red Alert: Houses collapse, cars, bridges swept away as heavy rain lashes Himachal Pradesh 

Very heavy rainfall has flooded the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh with people being evacuate, houses and vehicles being swept away and traffic and power supply being disrupted. Waterlogging, landslides and flash floods caused by incessant rains have brought everything to a standstill in Himachal Pradesh. The state has been experiencing very heavy rainfall in the past few days which has caused flooding of the Beas river.
Meanwhile, Delhi recorded highest rainfall in a single day in July since 1982 on Saturday. There is flood alert for Delhi as Yamuna river water level is nearing the ‘danger’ mark. A similar situation prevails in neighbouring Uttarakhand where water level has risen over danger mark. Several parts of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh have also received heavy downpours over the weekend. Around 15 people across North India are reportedly feared dead.

Red Alert for Himachal Pradesh

 “#RedAlert : Himachal Pradesh to experience Heavy to Very heavy rainfall, including Extremely heavy downpours exceeding 204.4 mm, on 10th July,” the IMD warned in a tweet on Monday. While the India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for Himachal Pradesh, Orange Alert has been issued by the IMD for states like Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Punjab, North Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan.

Helpline for citizens

On Monday morning, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu shared a video message on social media, urging residents to stay indoors and has also issued helpline numbers 1100, 1070 and 1077 for rescuing stranded citizens. In the video, the CM urges people to stay indoors warning about possibility of heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.

“All rescue operations of stranded people have been completed and lakhs of people have been evacuated to safer places from the river beds. I have been personally monitoring the situation through the whole night. Now we have started working on restoration of roads & highways,” Chief Minister Sukhu tweeted on Monday.

“Salute to the Disasters Response Forces, local Administration and Police Forces for their remarkable bravery and resilience during the challenging operation to rescue civilians trapped in the Beas River today. Yesterday, they saved a total of 9 lives in Kullu, and today, in the early hours of the morning, they rescued 6 individuals in Nagwayin, Distt Mandi. The dedication and selflessness of these heroes are commendable.Their efforts exemplify the spirit of service and protection. I express my heartfelt gratitude to these brave heroes who go above and beyond to ensure the safety of our citizens,” the CM expressed in a separate tweet.

Videos viral

Videos of landslide and flash floods in Himachal Pradesh have gone viral on social media with netizens praying for the safety of the residents. In the videos, several shops, bridges, houses and an ATM can be seen being swept away by the floods which have caused widespread devastation.
6 people who were stuck in flash floods at Nagwain, District Mandi have been successfully rescued. 27 people who were stuck in Kisan Bhawan Manali throughout Sunday night were rescued by  District Adminstration & Homeguards at 6am on Monday. With river Beas changing its course, these people were stuck in the middle of the river current.

Delhi rainfall

Delhi experienced a record rainfall of 153 mm in 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Sunday, the highest recorded in a single day in July since 1982, according to the India Meteorological Department. Heavy rainfall across Delhi and Gurugram over the weekend has brought everything to a standstill with waterlogged roads, flooded homes, walls and house collapsing and uprooted trees.

Road caves in

A large portion of the road caved in Delhi’s Rohini area after heavy rainfall on Saturday leading to the formation of a 20 feet wide crater. This happened just four days after a large portion of an arterial road caved in South West Delhi’s Janakpuri area early on Tuesday.

Yamuna river flood warning

With Haryana releasing over one lakh cusecs of water into the Yamuna River from the Hathnikund barrage, Delhi government has issued a flood warning. The Delhi government has set up 16 control rooms to monitor flood-prone areas and Yamuna water level.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly hosting a meeting on Monday which will be attended by senior officials from the Irrigation and Flood Control department and Delhi Municipal Corporation. Waterlogging caused by heavy rains across the national capital and the rising water levels of river Yamuna will be addressed in the meeting.