- Punjab government has issued a ‘red alert’ in the wake of heavy rain in the state and has asked district authorities to maintain vigil
- A yellow alert has been issued in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Wayanad districts for Tuesday
- According to IMD, the June-September monsoon rain is likely to start withdrawing from the northwest from Saturday
NEW DELHI: Heavy rain disrupted normal life in northern parts of the country with flash floods leading to the death of two people in Himachal Pradesh. The Punjab government issued a ‘red alert’ in the state and asked district authorities to maintain vigil, while Delhi witnessed extensive waterlogging and traffic snarls.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the June-September monsoon rain is likely to start withdrawing from the northwest from Saturday.
The monsoon usually starts withdrawing in the first week of September, but this year it has been delayed by nearly four weeks.
A change in the wind pattern is likely over west Rajasthan from Thursday and monsoon withdrawal could start from Saturday, IMD said in a statement.
‘Red alert’ in Punjab
Punjab government has issued a ‘red alert’ in the wake of heavy rain in the state and has asked district authorities to maintain vigil, an official said.
Chief minister Amarinder Singh has also called a meeting of senior officers on Monday to review arrangements to deal with flood-like situations, a spokesman of the chief minister’s office said here.
“Red alert has been issued in view of incessant rain in the state”, he said.
District administrations have been asked to maintain constant vigil in view of rain, the spokesman said.
Punjab has been witnessing widespread rain for the last two days and the downpour continued Monday, prompting state authorities to review preparations to tackle flood-like situations.
District control rooms have been activated for fast response and the Army has also been alerted, the spokesman said.
“The Army has been requested for standby,” he said.
District authorities in catchment areas of rivers have been asked to make sufficient arrangements of boats for any rescue operation, the spokesman said.
Two dead in Himachal; Kullu on high alert
A man and a girl were swept away in Kangra and Kullu districts, respectively, as heavy rains triggered flash floods in Himachal Pradesh on Monday with officials sounding a “high alert” in the latter district.
As water level increased in rivers and streams following incessant rain, a man died after he was swept away in the swelling Nahad Khad (rivulet) in Kangra district, the district administration said.
In another incident, a 14-year-old girl was washed away in Kullu’s Bajaoura, state Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said.
Heavy landslides hit vehicular movement on the Chandigarh-Manali highway beyond Mandi town and on the Pathankot-Chamba highway. However, there was no loss of life.
Most parts of Himachal Pradesh witnessed moderate to heavy rains, Shimla Met Centre director Manmohan Singh said.
According to data recorded at 8.30 am, Dalhousie in Chamba district experienced 170 mm rain in the past 24 hours, followed by Chamba 117 mm, Manali 121 mm, Kangra 120.8 mm, Palampur 108 mm, Dharamshala 62.6 mm and Una 62 mm. State capital Shimla experienced 23.1 mm rainfall.
Issuing “high alert” for Kullu district, deputy commissioner Yunus warned the public not to go near rivers and nullahs as flood-like situation prevailed.
Yellow alert issued in parts of Kerala
A yellow alert has been issued in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Wayanad districts for Tuesday.
In addition to that, a yellow alert has also been issued for Palakkad, Idukki, Thrissur and Wayanad districts for Wednesday. The Met Centre has predicted heavy rainfall (64.4mm to 124.4mm) in these districts.
Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Authority has instructed district authorities to remain on alert and directed them to take necessary precautions.
Waterlogging, traffic snarls in Delhi
Heavy rains caused waterlogging and traffic snarls on major intersections in the national capital. The Delhi Traffic Police has been constantly updating the commuters about traffic conditions in the city through its Twitter handle. In the morning, city witnessed light rain as the mercury dipped to 24 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT department.
(With inputs from agencies)