In the past two days, relentless monsoon rains have caused widespread devastation and loss of life in several parts of north India. Tragically, 41 people have lost their lives due to landslides and other rain-related incidents. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the Indian Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have joined forces to intensify relief and rescue operations.
One of the affected areas is Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district, where a landslide near Six Mile area prompted the closure of the Chandigarh-Manali national highway for traffic on Tuesday. This precautionary measure was taken to ensure the safety of commuters and prevent any untoward incidents.
Meanwhile, Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand continues to experience heavy rainfall, compounding the challenges faced by the local population. The incessant downpour has raised concerns about the safety and well-being of residents in flood-prone regions. Authorities have reported that the Yamuna river in Delhi has already surpassed the evacuation mark of 206 meters, necessitating the relocation of people living in vulnerable areas to safer locations.
The water level in the Yamuna river had surpassed the danger mark of 205.33 meters on Monday evening, much earlier than anticipated. According to the flood-monitoring portal of the Central Water Commission (CWC), the water level at the Old Railway Bridge had risen to 206.28 meters by 6 am on Tuesday. To exacerbate the situation, Haryana has been releasing additional water into the river from the Hathnikund barrage in Yamunanagar. Experts predict that the water level is expected to reach 206.65 meters by Tuesday afternoon before gradually receding.
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Tragic Accident Claims Lives in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu District (North India)
Disturbing news has emerged from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. On Monday morning, a car veered off the Devdhangi-Kedas road and plunged into a deep ravine. Tragically, five individuals lost their lives in the accident. Four of them died on the spot, while the driver breathed his last while being rushed to the hospital.
The police conducted postmortem examinations and handed over the bodies to the deceased’s relatives. The incident occurred when a Maruti car was traveling from Devdhangi to Kedas village on Monday morning.
As the car reached a sharp turn, it lost control and fell into the deep ravine. Upon receiving information about the accident, local residents rushed to the scene and informed the police.
Amid challenging weather conditions and heavy rainfall, a rescue operation was launched to retrieve the bodies of the four victims and the injured driver from the ravine. The accident claimed the lives of Hardayal (65) from Kedas subdivision, Ranjana (47) from Nogli Rampur village, Varsha (37) from Kedas subdivision, and Narayan Sharma (70) from Nava Nirmand village.
Unfortunately, the driver, Kuldeep (40), son of Hardayal from Kedas subdivision, sustained serious injuries in the accident and passed away on the way to Kullu Hospital. The police conducted postmortem examinations and handed over the bodies to the deceased’s relatives.
As of July 11, 2023, there is an orange alert issued in the displayed districts where the possibility of rainfall exists. The danger has not completely subsided in the state so far. Please refrain from unnecessary travel outside your homes and cooperate with the local police in adhering to administrative guidelines.
In addition, it has been announced that schools and colleges in Himachal Pradesh will remain closed on July 11th as a precautionary measure. However, some of the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) will be operational with limited staff and students who reside in nearby safer areas.