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A house caves in at Prem Nagar area due to heavy rains in Uttarkashi on Sunday. Thousands of Char Dham pilgrims were stranded on Gangotri and Yamunotri routes, as incessant overnight showers across Uttarakhand caused landslips in Uttarkashi district and swelled rivers. Photo: PTI


The monsoon fury has taken its toll across North India. While seven people have died in Uttarakhand floods, in Haryana's Yamunanagar, dozens have been stranded after a sudden rise in water levels.

Yamunanagar has been taken by surprise by heavy rains. More than 50 people are stranded after a sudden rise in the water level of the Yamuna river near the Lapara village. Army and NDRF teams have reached the spot and are standing by with a helicopter to rescue the marooned villagers as soon as weather permits. The force of the rising water is so strong that a rescue by boat is not possible.

2 km of roads in the area have been washed away by rising waters. So far 4 lakh cusecs of water has been released from Hathnikund barrage by the Haryana government.

The rain has taken Delhi too by surprise as heavy rainfall was recorded on Sunday with some rain continuing through the night. The much needed rain did bring down the temperature though, with 36.6 mm rainfall recorded on Sunday.

Incessant heavy rains even led to waterlogging at the IGI airport in New Delhi, causing inconvenience to passengers who waded through knee deep water while the baggage handling system was left crippled.

The monsoon arrived in Delhi on Sunday a fortnight ahead of schedule. The airport witnessed an "unprecedented" rainfall of 117.8 mm in four and half hours, between 1 PM and 5.30 PM on Sunday. The airport experienced 62.8 mm of rains between 1 PM and 2.30 PM and 55 mm between 2.30 PM and 5.30 PM. The amount of rain water, combined with poor drainage in the surrounding area and topography of airport led to back flow of water towards the Terminal 3 of the airport.

Heavy floods have been recorded in Uttarkashi and other parts of Uttarakhand too. The Hemkund pilgrimage has also been put on hold. More than 20,000 people are stranded due to landslides. In Dehradun, three people have reportedly died in the heavy rainfall that hasn't stopped in the past 36 hours.

Tag : #Haryana #Indian Army #Monsoon #North India #Heavy rains #Uttarkashi #NDRF teams


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