Nature’s Wrath Unleashed: Unraveling the Devastating Rainfall in Northern India

The continuous rainfall in North India has disrupted normal life, causing at least 40 deaths, landslides, devastation, and flood-like situations in major cities, including the national capital.

As of Monday evening, there were 32 deaths reported due to rain in Himachal Pradesh Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh as per TOI. 1 death is reported by PTI news agency in Haryana, 5 deaths in Delhi by The Hindu.

Despite the India Express story indicating three deaths from Uttar Pradesh, the state’s Relief Commissioner reportedly stated that five people had died in the state due to “rain” as of Monday afternoon.

The report also mentioned that these deaths are in addition to 29 other deaths in the state due to lightning strikes and drowning in the past days.

As per NDTV report, the meteorological office has predicted that North India districts will see severe rainfall in the upcoming days.

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Rainfall situation in Delhi

In Delhi, there has been rainfall of over 153 mm from 8:30 AM on Saturday to the same time on Sunday has been recorded which is the highest rainfall in a day in July since 1982.

After water was released into the Yamuna River from the Hathnikund Barrage by Haryana, the Delhi government issued a flood warning on Sunday. PTI further mentioned that the Central Water Commission (CWC) has stated that the river’s water level is rising, and there is an expectation that it will cross the danger mark of 205.33 meters by Tuesday.

On Sunday, two people died in separate incidents of walls collapsing in the city. As per The Hindu, 2 people died from electric shocks, and 1 guy died and 5 injuries when a tree fell on his car.

Rainfall situation in Himachal Pradesh

As per TOI report, Chief Minister Sukhinder Singh Sukhoo mentioned that there have been 17 deaths in the state in the past two days due to rain-related incidents,

Adding to the above Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for “extremely heavy rainfall” in the state and has cautioned about the possibility of lightning strikes on people and animals in open areas.

As per The Hindu, several districts of the state witnessed more rainfall on Saturday than the average rainfall for the entire month of July.

As the situation getting worst, state authorities have ordered the closure of schools and colleges for two days. Over 765 roads have been closed, leading to large-scale disruptions for stranded people.

PTI report stated, “In the last 48 hours, there have been reports of 20 major landslides and 17 sudden flood incidents, resulting in over 30 houses being fully or partially damaged.” On Monday afternoon, a considerable number of individuals found themselves stranded throughout the state, with nearly 300 individuals in this predicament. Additionally, rescue operations successfully saved 20 people from the popular tourist destination of Manali, as reported by the authorities.

Rainfall situation in Haryana

There have been serval instances of waterlogging and flooding brought on by heavy monsoon rains, leading officials to take action in the worst-affected areas.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar canceled all his planned activities and called for an immediate meeting on the current situation in the state due to the rainfall. As per IMD, there is an expected moderate rainfall in various parts of Haryana for next 2 or 3 hrs.

PTI reported that a person from Rajasthan died in Gurugram, Haryana, during heavy rainfall. The 33-year-old individual drowned while bathing in a natural pond.

To control the flood situation between the rivers Markanda, Ghaggar, and Tangri, flood control rooms have been set up in Haryana.

Rainfall situation in Punjab

In Punjab, following a breach in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal at the Rajpura city, the Patiala administration had sought assistance from the army after the water overflowed. Additionally, with the help of the army, around 800 students of a private university in the district were successfully rescued, as reported by The Tribune.

The Tribune reported that floodwater has also entered the Rajpura Thermal Power Plant, causing one of its 700 MW units to shut down.

The Indian Express reported that the city’s meteorological department measured 302.2 mm of rainfall during the course of 24 hours on July 9. The city had never experienced downpour quite like this.

One of the floodgates was opened for the first time due to the rising water level in Sukhna Lake, and the water supply may be compromised as a result of the rain’s damage to the pipelines.

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