Flood alert in Delhi as Yamuna breaches danger mark, Arvind Kejriwal to chair emergency meet

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 19 August 2019, 12:48 PM
Water level of the river was recorded at 204.70 metres after more than 8 lakh cusecs of water released from Haryana’s Hathni Kund barrage (File Photo: PTI)
Water level of the river was recorded at 204.70 metres after more than 8 lakh cusecs of water released from Haryana’s Hathni Kund barrage (File Photo: PTI)

Flood alert has been sounded in Delhi as Yamuna river on Monday breached the warning level. Water level of the river was recorded at 204.70 metres after more than 8 lakh cusecs of water released from Haryana’s Hathni Kund barrage. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an emergency meeting of concerned officials in wake of the rising water level. The Delhi government has also asked people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places.

On Sunday, Heavy rains lashed northern parts, leaving at least 28 people dead and 22 missing in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. At least 22 people, including two Nepalese, were killed and nine others injured in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh, while three people died and 22 went missing following a cloudburst in Uttarakhand. Three people lost their lives in Punjab.

In southern India, the death toll in flood-ravaged Kerala climbed to 121 with the retrieval of more bodies. Ground Penetrating Radars were put into use to locate bodies at Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad, where massive landslides had wiped out two villages.    

Following heavy rains in Aol village of Punjab, three members of a family were killed when the roof of their house collapsed.

Eleven people, including four women, have been rescued after they got stuck when the overflowing water of Beas river flooded their village in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.

In Rajasthan, water has started receding and there was no flood-like situation anywhere in the state. An official said 49 people have died in rain-related incidents in the state since June 15 and 500 people have been evacuated from the rain-affected areas.

In West Bengal, weather in large parts of south Bengal, including the metropolis, improved after two days of torrential rain that led to waterlogging in many areas and snapped road links at several places.

First Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 10:51 AM
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