The IMD warning followed heavy rains in Kishtwar district in Jammu district early Wednesday that claimed the lives of seven people while most of them were reported missing.
Bad weather in Jammu and Kashmir and in the northern mountains of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh will continue until July 30, the INDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT (IMD) said in a report on Wednesday.
“The current spelling of widespread rainfall activities with far-flung waterfalls is likely to continue in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh until July 30,” the IMD said.
The report said the weather would improve after that.
The IMD warning followed heavy rains in Kishtwar district in Jammu district early Wednesday that claimed the lives of seven people while most of them were reported missing. An official in the police control room has set the missing number to 28.
Heavy rains occurred on the Honjar site in the Kishtwar area of Dacchan at around 4am on Wednesday. Seventeen people have been rescued so far, of which five have been seriously injured. “The rescue operation is open,” said DGP Mukesh Singh.
Severe weather due to heavy rainfall led to rising water levels in the Chenab River in the Jammu region and Kashmir in Doda. On Wednesday, Ramban’s Deputy Regional Commissioner took to Twitter to inform people of the flooded river. “The Chenab River flows more than normal water. “People are advised not to cheat at all near river banks in all bodies of water in Ramban,” the tweet read.
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In another tweet, the commissioner revealed that a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team arrived in Ramban district on Wednesday and launched a rescue operation after a car they were traveling in “went down the Chenab River near Mehar” on July 26.
Meanwhile, flash floods caused by another flood in Himachal Pradesh have so far resulted in the deaths of nine people and seven have been reported missing, ANI media reported reporting on the Disaster Management Authority.
Extreme levels of flood danger and landslides have occurred in several parts of Himachal Pradesh. A catastrophic flood was reported in Keylong village because the Leh-Manali highway was closed. In addition, the Kullu-Manali highway remains closed in many places due to landslides. Regional authorities have previously rescued about 70 people left homeless in Chitkul in Kinnaur after nine people died on Sunday when rocks rolled into the village.
In Uttarakhand too, the water level in Ganga Gangotri has risen sharply due to heavy rainfall and after parts of the mountain near Gangotri Dham flooded, district officials told ANI on Wednesday.
According to an IMD evening report, Uttarakhand is expected to receive “heavy rainfall” in isolated areas on Wednesday and Thursday while Himachal Pradesh will see heavy rain all day today.
The department said the well-marked low-pressure area is off the coast of Bangladesh and connected to West Bengal, and is likely to move west across West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar within the next 48 hours. The cyclonic broadcast also lies in northern Pakistan with the Punjab converging at lower levels.