Heavy rains: Red alert sounded in Punjab; Army on standby

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Punjab Police personnel and others take shelter in a bus queue shelter as Punjab is witnessing incessant rains for the last three days. -Photo courtesy PTC News

The Hush Post: With heavy rains continuing, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a Red Alert in Punjab. Meanwhile, the heavy rains continued lashing Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh.

The MeT Department on Monday issued a red alert across Punjab. Himachal also has sounded a red alert in the Kullu district with a flood-like situation prevailing in the state, a report said.

In Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, a swelling rivulet swept away a man, the report said.

In Punjab, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has asked all the districts to remain on constant vigil and activate Disaster Control Rooms. The state has also kept the Army on standby.

“All officials to remain on standby. The Army has also been requested to be on standby. Hotspots to be identified with clear evacuation and relief plans,” Capt Amarinder Singh said.

Water level at Bhakra Nangal Dam reaches 1,655 metres as against a capacity of 1,680 metres

Meanwhile, the water level at Bhakra Nangal Dam has reached 1,655 metres as against a capacity of 1,680 metres.

With only a one day’s rain at this time, Punjab has covered the entire monsoon deficit. But these rains have added to the worries of state’s farmers who were preparing for the harvest at month end. Punjab’s normal rainfall is 490 mm for the period from June to September end. Till September 22, Punjab had received only 391 mm rain but with Saturday’s rain, it has now gone up to 442 mm, the report said.

Meanwhile, in Amritsar, the district administration ordered the closure of schools on Monday.

The Mohali administration has ordered the closure of all educational institutions on Tuesday also.

In Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, rescue teams have been deployed in various areas after flash floods triggered by incessant rains. In Doda district, authorities have ordered the closure of all educational institutions as a precautionary measure. The administration has also set up control rooms in view of heavy rains for the last two days.

 

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