81 Dead in Himachal and Uttarakhand in Rain Fury, Punjab Battling Flash Floods

Uttarakhand News

Uttarakhand News: In Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, constant rains and landslides resulted in 81 fatalities, while rescue efforts to the injured and body recovery from rubble from several house collapses were ongoing. The next four days are expected to bring sporadic but heavy rainfall to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, according to the weather office.

Rising Toll Amidst Rain Ravaged Landscapes

As more remains were found on Wednesday, the death toll in Himachal Pradesh, which had been lashed by rain, increased to 71. “At least 71 people have died in the past three days and 13 are still missing. A total of 57 bodies have been recovered since Sunday night,” Principal Secretary (Revenue) Onkar Chand Sharma said, reported news agency PTI. Since Sunday, the hill state has seen torrential rains that have caused landslides in a number of districts, including Shimla, where three neighborhoods—Summer Hill, Fagli, and Krishna Nagar—have been particularly seriously affected. Since the start of the monsoon on June 24, 214 individuals have perished in rain-related accidents across the state, while 38 remain missing, according to the state emergency operation centre. “Rescue operations are going on in Summer Hill and Krishna Nagar areas. A body was recovered from Summer Hill site,” Shimla Deputy Commissioner Aditya Negi told PTI. According to him, 13 dead have so far been found in Summer Hill, five in Fagli, and two in Krishna Nagar. The Shiva temple at Summer Hill, which fell on Monday, may yet include some bodies that are buried in the debris. Families in about 15 houses in Krishna Nagar have relocated to safer areas out of concern for landslides brought on by the nonstop rain.

1731 Rescued in Kangra District as Flood Crisis Deepens

In the past 24 hours, 1,731 people have been evacuated from flood-affected regions of Kangra district’s Indora and Fatehpur sub-divisions, according to Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal. According to Jindal, the operation to rescue residents from flood-affected areas is ongoing with the help of Army men, NDRF, and Air Force helicopters. According to a meteorological official, Himachal Pradesh has already had 742 mm of rain in 54 days of the current monsoon season, compared to the 730 mm average for the season between June 1 and September 30. According to Surinder Paul, director of the Shimla Meteorological Centre, the amount of rain that fell on the state this July eclipsed all previous records for the month dating back fifty years. Four bodies, including those of a couple and their son, were found among the wreckage at a resort in Lakshman Jhula, Uttarakhand, that had a landslip on Monday as a result of heavy rain. The SSP Office in Pauri reported that two bodies were found late on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday. With the discovery of these four remains, the death toll from rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand has increased to 10.

Rishikesh-Badrinath Route Suffers Devastating Section Loss

The Pauri-Kotdwar-Dugadda national highway was blocked at Amsaur by landslip debris, causing traffic to continue to be interrupted. According to the state’s disaster control centre, a section of the Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway washed away close to Pipalkoti Bharenpani. The roads are currently being worked on, it stated. Punjab is currently experiencing new floods, with numerous regions in the districts of Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, and Rupnagar inundated as a result of the release of extra water from the Pong and the Bhakra dams. According to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, the state administration is closely monitoring the situation, and relief and rescue efforts are under way in the flood-affected areas. He also noted that the water levels in the Bhakra and Pong dams are at 1,677 feet and 1,398 feet, respectively.

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