Heavy rain alert issued in nine districts of Uttarakhand

A heavy rain alert has been issued in Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Almora, Nainital and Champawat districts of Uttarakhand for the next 72 hours. Met Department has asked Chardham yatris to remain watchful during the next three days. Met Department has predicted moderate to heavy rain in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and North Eastern region during the next 24 hours. Weathermen have also forecast showers in Goa during next five days. South west monsoon has covered the entire country a couple of days ahead of its schedule.

Weathermen said, the country received 24 percent above normal rainfall in July and four percent above normal showers since June one. According to them, monsoon rain is likely to intensify in the Himalayan region, eastern and northeastern parts of the country. Rain lashed the national capital which kept the mercury within comfortable range today but pushed humidity levels up making life difficult for Delhiites. In Uttar Pradesh, after release of water from Banbasa Barrage, Ghagra river is flowing above danger mark and causing a flood threat to 157 villages in Gonda district. District Magistrate in-charge Jayant Kumar Dixit said today after water was released from Barrage, Ghagra is flowing 11 cm above the danger level at Karnalganj. Life is limping back to normal in flood-ravaged parts of Madhya Pradesh, while heavy rain lashed some places in Rajasthan and central Maharashtra. The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim in Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Barpeta, Biswanath and Jorhat districts where the deluge has affected 1.11 lakh people. Two persons died in landslides in Guwahati today. A local official said, while one girl died at Noonmati area, another person lost his life due to landslide at South Sarania.

District administration has set up a team to monitor construction in Guwahati city and find out unsafe residential areas. In Karnataka, all eight bridges and barrages across Belgavi district have been flooded by massive surge of water due to heavy discharges released from reservoirs in Maharashtra disrupting movement of traffic in major and minor highways. Authorities said today that the situation was bad in Chikkodi, Raibag and Athani taluks. Deputy Commissioner N Jayaram said more than 2.65 lakh cusecs of water was released from the reservoirs in Maharashtra. Vehicular movements have been banned on three roads in Athani taluk and two in Raibag taluk due to water flowing on the road in several parts. Mr Jayaram said 102 families living along Krishna and other rivers in the district have been shifted to safer places.

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