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When it rains, it pours – Mumbai drenched, Yamuna above danger mark, Himalayan highways blocked and more

When it rains, it pours – Mumbai drenched, Yamuna above danger mark, Himalayan highways blocked and more
  • Yamuna water level in the national capital has once again crossed the danger mark.
  • The financial capital of the country, Mumbai, has received heavy downpours since morning.
  • Kinnaur and Spiti Valley in Himachal have been cut off from Shimla

Weather continues to play havoc in many parts of the country. The national capital, Delhi has again seen more than expected rain on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh continue their tryst with the bad weather which has left many homeless. The financial capital of the country, Mumbai, has also received heavy downpour since morning and this is expected to continue till late evening. Here is a quick update of what’s happening in these areas across the country.

Uttarakhand: Yamunotri National Highway blocked

The traffic on the Yamunotri National Highway has been suspended due to the continuous debris falling at five places of Uttarkashi including Dabarkot and Jhar Jhar Gad.

"Efforts are on to open the highway by the National Highway Authority Barkot. Passengers are stranded at various places on the highway due to the closure of the highway," according to District Disaster ManagementoOfficer, Uttarkashi.

Apart from this, the Chamiala-Budhakedar Motor road has been also closed due to excessive water and debris in Chail Gadere in Lata village in Himachal Pradesh.

The District Disaster Management Officer of Tehri District, Brijesh Bhatt informed that due to the surge in the water level of Gadere, water and debris have entered 5-6 houses.

Delhi: Yamuna's water level breaches danger mark again

The water level of River Yamuna surges again, as it was recorded at 205.83 at 10:00 am on Thursday. Notably, the danger mark of the Yamuna is 205.33 meters.

After days of receding, the Yamuna water level in the national capital once again crossed the danger mark amid incessant rains in Delhi and adjoining areas.

In the NCR, the Hindon River also witnessed a rise in the water level.

Visuals showed that the area near Ecotech 3 got submerged following the surged water level due to which many vehicles got stuck in the water.

Himachal Pradesh: Kinnaur, Spiti valley cut off from Shimla

The Kinnaur and Spiti Valley, both tribal districts, have been cut off from Shimla, the national capital, following the blockade of National Highway 5 (Hindustan-Tibet Road) due to rock falling, landslides, and sinking of road. The National Highway has been blocked at Baroni, Manglad, and Pashada near Jhakri in the Rampur Subdivision of Shimla.

Alternate routes are also closed due to heavy rains and landslides.

The Luhri-Aut National Highway (305) is also blocked at three places and gushing waters have entered many houses.

Stranded, drivers of public transport vehicles are running out of food and trying to cross the blocked stretches on foot.

Videos of people crossing the landslides on foot amid risk of stone falling and landslides have been widely circulated on the internet.

Incessant rains in Mumbai; IMD forecasts heavy to very heavy showers

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and suburbs in the last 24 hours with some areas receiving extremely heavy showers, officials said on Thursday. The city witnessed incessant rainfall since Thursday morning, but there was no report of any major waterlogging in low-lying areas, they said.

The India Meteorological Department's (IMD) Mumbai centre has predicted "heavy to very heavy rain" in the city on Thursday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) declared a holiday for all government and private schools and colleges here on Thursday after the IMD issued a 'red' alert for the metropolis.

Maharashtra: Traffic blocked on one arm of Mumbai-Pune Expressway

The highway police on Thursday blocked the movement of vehicles on the Mumbai-bound arm of the Pune-Mumbai Expressway for two hours to remove boulders and mud on the carriageway, officials said. Due to incessant rains in the region, a landslide occurred on July 23 near the Adoshi tunnel on the busy road, said an official.

The special two-hour traffic block was taken from 12 noon and 2 pm, he said.

So far, the highway police have taken three such blocks to remove the debris and mud on the Mumbai-bound lane of the Expressway, he said.

Telangana administration on high alert

The Telangana government has put the entire state administration on high alert in view of the incessant rains that have been lashing the state during the last couple of days.

Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari said that as per the directions of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, the flood situation in the state is being constantly monitored with the senior officials along with district collectors and superintendents of the police.

(With input from wires)