Many rivers above danger mark in North India



New Delhi: Incessant rain lashed parts of North India on Sunday where many rivers were running above the danger mark even as the toll due to the heavy downpour in Uttarakhand reached 34.

The capital Delhi recorded a maximum of 35.5 degrees celsius, two more than normal and a minimum of 27.5 degrees celsius, one more than the usual. The city received 0.8 mm of rain.

In Uttarakhand, ITBP and police personnel searched debris of flattened homes and dug rubbles to look for more bodies in the rain-ravaged state.

Six people were still missing in the Uttarkashi district, a top government official said.

Twentythree workers of the state-run UJVN Ltd's Assi Ganga hydel project, who went missing early Saturday following a cloud burst in the upper hills of Uttarkashi district, have now been declared dead.

During the past two days, incessant rains battered the hill state triggering landslides, cloud bursts and flash floods which flattened homes and stranded hundreds of pilgrims with the chardham yatra coming to a grinding halt.

Major rivers in Uttar Pradesh have crossed the danger mark as monsoon remained active over the state bringing continuous rainfall in many areas.

Rivers like Sharda and Ghagra have crossed the danger mark due to which flood looms large in various parts, official sources said here.

According to the report of the Central Water Commission, Sharda is flowing one meter above the danger mark at Palliakalan (Kheri) while Ghagra is flowing above the mark at Elgin Bridge (barabanki), Ayodhya (Faizabad) and Turtipar (Ballia).

Similarly, in Uttar Pradesh, river Rapti is flowing above the danger mark at Bhinga (Shravasti), river Budhi Rapti is flowing at danger mark at Siddharthnagar, the report said.

River Ganga is rising in Kannauj, Kanpur dehat, Kanpur, Dalmau, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia while river Yamuna is flowing at danger mark in Mavi and rising in Naini (Allahabad).

Twenty four people trapped due to flash floods were rescued in Jammu and Kashmir, where dozens of the houses were floods along with several acres of agriculture lands.

Several houses in low-lying areas of Jammu, Samba, Reasi and Udhampur districts have been flooded.

A flash flood alert has been sounded in Jammu region, where intermittent overnight rains resulted in the flooding of rivers yesterday.

Water levels in Chenab, Tawi, Ujh and Basantar rivers are flowing above the danger mark, they said.

PTI