A flood alert was issued in several parts of the Capital and neighbouring states including Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, after heavy downpour in North India left 24 killed and several missing. The flood alert was made after water in the Yamuna and other rivers rose to an alarming level. Meanwhile, the death toll in flood-ravaged Kerala has also climbed to a whooping 121 while the number lurks somewhere around 76, in Karnataka.
The alert comes in response to a series of landslides in several parts of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday that left hundreds of tourists and locals stranded without access to food and shelter. Due to the severity of the monsoon, train services between Kalka and Shimla and traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali highway were also obstructed.
Moreover, instances of cloud burst have been reported from Uttarakhand that killed three people and left 22-missing. Such occurrence of floods seems to be getting severe with each passing year. To recall, on 16 August 2018, severe floods rattled the south Indian state Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. It was the worst flood in Kerala in nearly a century that killed 483 people died, and 140 still remain missing
With the water level in the Yamuna River expected to cross the danger mark in the next 24 hours, the Delhi government has urged the people to move to safer places. In Uttar Pradesh, several rivers, including Ganga, Yamuna and Ghaghra, are reported flowing well above the danger mark.
Drenched Kerala And Karnataka
The fresh flood in the state of Himachal Pradesh adds to the woes of the government and relief workers who are currently busy rescuing people in flood-hit Kerala and Karnataka. A government report claimed that more than 121 people have lost their lives since August 8 in Kerala and some 47,000 are still based 296 relief camps. On the other hand, more than 500 relief camps are set up in Karnataka to ensure the safety of people.