74 Dead in Himachal’s Monsoon Mayhem; Pranmati River Swells in U’ttarakhand’s Chamoli

As the monsoon mayhem continues in Himachal Pradesh, at least 74 people have been killed in the landslides and floods triggered by incessant rains in the state. HP recorded heavy rains for three days, beginning Sunday, following which it subsided.

According to IMD, the rain showers will again increase on August 23 and 24, but there will be no excessive or continuous rainfall.

In Uttarakhand, torrential rains continued, with IMD predicting isolated but heavy rainfall in the state over the next three days. Heavy rains disrupted normal life in the Kaluwala area of Dehradun in the early hours of Friday. The rainwater entered the houses and caused waterlogging on the streets, officials said.

As per the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), information was received from the Disaster Control Room that incessant rainfall created major waterlogging in the streets and that rainwater has also entered people’s homes in Dehradun’s Kaluwala area, disrupting daily life.

After receiving the information, a team of SDRF reached the spot and immediately engaged in the work.

Meanwhile, the water level of the major rivers in Uttar Pradesh has started increasing after heavy rainfall in the hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

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The Ganga was flowing above the danger level in Bulandshahr, Badaun and Farrukhabad districts and the Ramganga in Shahjahanpur and the Ghaghra in Barabanki, Ayodhya and Ballia.

Relief commissioner G.S. Naveen Kumar on Friday said that all the embankments in the state were safe and there was no reason for worry.

The Met Department also predicted isolated heavy showers over Odisha and Jharkhand.