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North India rains updates: Over 500 pilgrims stranded near Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand's Kedarnath Valley

Heavy rains in North India LIVE updates: In Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, the Ravi river is flowing at a dangerous level and people are being evacuated from low-lying areas by the administration since Sunday.

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North India rains updates: Over 500 pilgrims stranded near Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand's Kedarnath Valley

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09:33 (ist)

Met department predicts 'heavy rainfall' for North India and some North-Eastern states

According to the India Meterological Department, heavy to very heavy rain is expected at some places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

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Sept 25, 2018 - 10:48 (IST)

Tourist couple trapped in Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil district has been rescued

A foreign tourist couple, who were trapped in snow in Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil district, was rescued on Tuesday, officials said. "Micheal Mobius and his wife got trapped in snow between Pudzong La and Rang dum on Monday," a district administration official told IANS.  "They somehow sent a distress signal to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, where we received a SoS following which the Deputy Commissioner of Kargil immediately requested the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Commissioner Civil Aviation Jammu and Kashmir to request the Air Force to launch a rescue operation." An aerial rescue operation was launched on Tuesday morning and the couple were air-lifted by an Indian Air Force chopper to Leh, according to the official. The couple is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:44 (IST)

Army units on alert near Beas, Sutlej and Ravi rivers 

Army units have been deployed along the Beas, Ravi and Sutlej rivers. The teams have been asked to keep their flood relief columns ready in case the civil administration requisitions their deployment

Villages near Sutlej River have been put on high alert and families are being moved out of low-lying areas, The Indian Express report said. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:39 (IST)

Over 500 pilgrims stranded near Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand's Kedarnath Valley

After hours of incessant rains in the Kedarnath Valley in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, a five-metre stretch of the bridle path near Lincholi, was washed out leaving over 500 pilgrims stranded in the Valley. Another landslide at Phata, around 15 kilometres from Kedarnath, resulted in the national highway getting blocked, The Indian Express reported. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:33 (IST)

Gates of Chamera Dam in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh have been opened 

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:32 (IST)

Rivers continue to overflow in Himachal Pradesh; Chamba district among worst affected areas

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:28 (IST)

Punjab chief minister held emergency meeting to assess situation in state

Capt Amarinder Singh reviewed the disaster preparedness in Punjab as more water was being released from dams.

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:24 (IST)

Situation improves in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh 

Though evacuation of people from low-lying areas is still being done to avoid mishap during an emergency. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:12 (IST)

Thirty-five IIT-Roorkee students go missing from Lahaul-Spiti valley after heavy snowfall

Forty-five people, including a group of 35 IIT-Roorkee students, are missing in the Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, ANI reported on Monday.

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:06 (IST)

Landslide kills family of five in J&K; Jammu-Srinagar National Highway re-opened

In Jammu and Kashmir, five members of a family, including three minors, were killed Monday when their house was buried under debris after a landslide in the Doda district, while 29 people stranded in the Kathua district after flash floods were rescued. "A total of 29 persons, including six women and 10 children, were rescued from various flood-hit areas of the Kathua district during overnight operations," a police officer told PTI.

Meanwhile, with an improvement in the weather, authorities on Monday morning re-opened the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway for traffic.

Sept 25, 2018 - 10:04 (IST)

Ravi river approaches danger mark in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh

In Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, the Ravi river is flowing at a dangerous level and people are being evacuated from low-lying areas by the administration since Sunday, Superintendent of Police Monica Bhutunguru told PTI.

North India rains LATEST updates: After hours of incessant rains in the Kedarnath Valley in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, a five-metre stretch of the bridle path near Lincholi, was washed out leaving over 500 pilgrims stranded in the Valley. Another landslide at Phata, around 15 kilometres from Kedarnath, resulted in the national highway getting blocked, The Indian Express reported.

 

Incessant rains triggered flash floods and landslides in hill states of northern India, with at least 11 people killed Monday in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, and a 'red alert' being issued in Punjab.

The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) issued an advisory to the Punjab government that it will release "excess" water from the Pong Dam in the wake of incessant rains in catchment areas of the Beas river.

North India rains updates Over 500 pilgrims stranded near Rudraprayag in Uttarakhands Kedarnath Valley

The Beas river has been flowing over the danger mark. PTI

Educational institutes have been ordered to remain closed on Tuesday in Punjab. Schools have been closed in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir and in most places of Himachal Pradesh.

Heavy rains led to landslides which blocked the roads to Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri, affecting the Chardham Yatra, while traffic snarled in the national capital due to waterlogging following heavy rains. The Punjab government has asked district authorities to maintain vigil to avert any untoward situation due to heavy rains, an official said.

Punjab has been witnessing widespread rainfall for the last two days and the downpour continued Monday, prompting state authorities to review preparations to tackle flood-like situations. Incessant rains in Punjab and Haryana could cause damage to kharif crops and dip in their yield, farm experts said. In Haryana's Ambala, a 45-year-old man died when the roof of his house collapsed due to heavy rains, police said. Five people, including a minor girl, died and as many injured in separate incidents during heavy rains in Kullu, Kangra and Chamba districts of Himachal Pradesh on Monday, the officials said. A "high alert" has been sounded for Kullu district.

Several houses were also swept away in flash floods as the Beas is flowing at a dangerous level, HP Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said, cautioning people against going near rivers and nullahs. An Indian Air Force team had rescued, with the help of a chopper, 21 people stranded due to flash floods at Dobi in Kullu district in the last 48 hours.

BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur said, "So far, 126 roads have been affected by landslides triggered by rains and news of the loss of lives are too pouring in from many places." People residing in the low-lying areas, especially in Kangra, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts, are being evacuated, officials said. In Chamba, the Ravi river is still flowing at a dangerous level and people are being evacuated from low-lying areas by the administration since Sunday, Superintendent of Police Monica Bhutunguru said.

In Uttarakhand, most of the places, including state capital Dehradun, received showers with around 45 rural roads blocked in these districts, the state emergency operation centre said. In Rajasthan, heavy to moderate rainfall was recorded in various parts of the state in 24 hours, an MeT official said. Heavy rains lashed several parts of the national capital, causing waterlogging and traffic snarls on major intersections in the city.

In Jammu and Kashmir, five members of a family, including three minors, were killed Monday when their house was buried under debris after a landslide in the Doda district, while 29 people stranded in Kathua district after flash floods were rescued. Doda and other parts of Jammu region have been lashed by incessant rain for the past two days. "A total of 29 persons, including six women and 10 children, were rescued from various flood-hit areas of Kathua district during overnight operations," a police officer said.

With improvement in weather, authorities Monday morning opened the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway for traffic. Multiple landslides and shooting stones from a hillock along the highway between Ramban and Udhampur districts had blocked the arterial road since Sunday morning. According to the Meterological department, heavy to very heavy rain is expected at isolated places in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh.

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