DW BUREAU / CHANDIGARH
With an alert sounded in Punjab following release of excess water from Bhakra dam and the Yamuna nearing the warning level in Delhi, heavy rains lashed northern states on Saturday.
The body of a 17-year-old boy was found floating in the overflowing dam in Himachal Pradesh, where several roads were blocked following multiple landslides.
All educational institutions in Kangra district have also been asked to remain closed on Saturday due to incessant rainfall. Several people stranded near Palampur following flash floods were rescued.
There is heavy flow of water in Baner Khud and Baan Ganga adjoining Chamunda Ji and the water level in rivulets in Nurpur sub division is on the rise as well, an official said. In Punjab, an alert has been sounded in several districts following the release of excess water from Bhakra dam through the spill gates after heavy rainfall in its catchment area.
The Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities discharged 17,000 cusecs of excess water out of total release of 53,000 cusecs through the spill gates, an official said.
The remaining 36,000 cusecs was released after its use for power generation, he added. On Saturday, rains lashed several places in Punjab, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Mohali, Chandigarh.
People living near the Sutlej river and low-lying areas have been advised to be vigilant and take precautions to safeguard themselves.
With the Yamuna also flowing near the warning level, Delhi agencies are closely monitoring the situation to deal with any possible flooding, an official said.
Yamuna’s water level reached 203.27 metres, slightly below the warning level of 204.5 metres, an official said. The official said at 10 am, over 21,000 cusecs water was released from Hathani Kund Barrage in Haryana. Besides, around 17,000 cusecs water was also released from the barrage.
In Rajasthan, hundreds of people were shifted to safer places, with Ajmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Vanasthali, Bhilwara and Sikar receiving 104.5 mm, 88.2, 79, 42.1,41 and 37.4 mm of rainfall.
The MeT Department has issued warning for extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in eastern parts and heavy rainfall at isolated places in the western parts of the state.