Record rain in 40 years paralyses Delhi, monsoon fury in North India, 19 deaths

NEW DELHI: As heavy rain fell on parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, it caused waterlogging, flash floods, and landslides in major cities in north India. There were also reports of damage to property and lives, disruptions to transportation, and outages to power lines. In the past 48 hours, twenty major landslides and 17 flash floods have been reported in Himachal Pradesh. More than 30 homes have been damaged completely or partially. According to officials, all major rivers, including the Ravi, Beas, Satluj, Swan, and Chenab, are in spate. On social media, horrifying images of shops and automobiles being washed away in Himachal Pradesh as a result of an overflowing river caused by incessant rains emerged.

Vehicles were washed away in streak floods at Nullah in Kullu, Kinnaur and Chamba. A few scaffolds, including the Aut span, Pandoh span and verifiable Panchvaktra span were cleared away by the spilling over Beas stream in the Mandi locale. Observing the occurrence, previous state Boss Clergyman Jairam Thakur said that the washed-away extensions were the “character of Himachal”. The police said that on Sunday, their house in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, collapsed due to heavy rain, killing three members of a family and injuring two others earlier in the day.

According to officials, the incident occurred on Sunday morning in Shimla’s Kotgarh village. After a rescue operation, the victims were pulled out of the debris and rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared them dead. After Anil, Kiran, and Swapnil have been identified as the deceased, their bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination. Sanjeev Kumar Gandhi, the Shimla Superintendent of Police, stated, “We are further investigating the incident.” More than 776 roads, including three national highways, in the hill state are closed, according to data provided by the state Disaster Management.

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