Rains battered parts of north India, including Punjab and Haryana, for the third consecutive day on Monday. According to the meteorological department, it has been raining in many parts of Punjab and Haryana since morning.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warning for extremely heavy rainfall across Uttarakhand during the next 48 hours. State police, NDRF, SDRF and other concerned personnel have been directed to remain on high alert in sensitive areas.
Due to incessant rains for the last two days, landslides are taking place in the hilly areas of the state and roads are being blocked repeatedly. Heavy machinery has been deployed day and night to clear the blocked roads.
In Himachal Pradesh, over 500 tourists are stranded in Chandertal, Pagal Nallah, and other places in Lahaul and Spiti after rain-induced landslides cut off access to the areas. According to officials, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued 515 labourers stranded in a waterlogged slum in Una district.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken stock of the situation arising out of excessive rainfall in many parts of the country including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Mr. Modi yesterday spoke to senior Ministers and officials in this regard.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister's Office said, local administrations, National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force teams are working to ensure the well-being of those affected.