Several killed as heavy rains lash various parts of India

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 Restoration works underway after a major landslide on the national highway near Malyana due to heavy rains, in Shimla on Saturday, Aug 11, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Restoration works underway after a major landslide on the national highway near Malyana due to heavy rains, in Shimla on Saturday, Aug 11, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Heavy rains continue to impound northern India which claimed several lives in various states.

19 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh while nine died in Uttar Pradesh as incessant downpour continues in several parts triggering landslides in hill states and many rivers flowing above the danger mark.

In a big relief to residents of Himachal Pradesh, the meteorological department said on Tuesday that there was no possibility of heavy rainfall in the state in the next five days.

As per the latest weather forecast, there is no possibility of heavy rains in the next five days. Light rain and thundershowers are expected today in the districts of Chamba, Kangra, Una and Bilaspur, said Manmohan Singh, director, Meteorological Centre, Shimla.

A four-year-old girl died at Roorkee in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district after falling in an irrigation canal which was at spate following rains, while a woman was injured when the thatched roof of a house collapsed.

The weather department, on Monday, issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in at least eight districts in Uttrakhand in the next 24 hours, following which authorities were asked to stay alert to deal with any untoward situation.

In view of the rain forecast, the weather department has asked tourists visiting the hilly areas and people living in the low-lying areas to remain alert.

Image: PTI

Image: PTI

The State Emergency Operations Centre has issued instructions to the district magistrates to maintain vigil as there is possibility of cloudbursts and lightning affecting normal public life during heavy rain.

The weather department said that Shimla, on Monday, received the highest rainfall for August in 117 years. According to the Meteorological (MeT) department data, 277 mm rainfall was recorded in a day in August, 1901.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the state suffered a loss of Rs 775 crore due to landslides and heavy rains which damaged roads, irrigation and public schemes across the state.

Image: PTI

Image: PTI

He said that the government released Rs 96.50 crore for relief, restoration and rehabilitation works.

He directed the officers to deploy adequate men and machinery at landslide-prone areas along national and state highways to regulate traffic. Over 900 roads, including six national highways, have been damaged, he added.

CM directed the Public Works Department to press in more machinery to restore all roads affected due to landslides at the earliest. All the schools will remain shut today in the wake of the heavy rains and landslides in the state.

Meanwhile, Kerala continued to reel under flood situation as fresh rains hit several parts of Kerala on Monday.

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Some respite appeared on the horizon for the worst-hit Idukki hill district where the water in the Idukki dam receded to 2,397.58 ft, alleviating concerns about floods in fresh downstream areas, particularly in Ernakulam district.

Over one lakh people have been displaced and rendered homeless with the death toll rising to 39.

A view of houses submerged in water following a flash flood, triggered by heavy rains, at Palakkad in Kerala on Aug 9, 2018. (PTI Photo)

A view of houses submerged in water following a flash flood, triggered by heavy rains, at Palakkad in Kerala on Aug 9, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Over Rs 320 crore has been released by the Centre to the Kerala government as calamity relief fund during 2018-19, the Home Ministry said on Monday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit Kerala on Sunday. He was accompanied by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the MoS Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam.

(With agency inputs)