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Heavy Rains Likely in J-K, Himachal and Uttarakhand Till July 30, Warns IMD

India Meteorological Department in its latest weather forecast bulletin said that Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab and Haryana are likely to receive heavy rainfalls till July 30.

In remote areas of Kishtwar, Rescue and Relief operations were launched by Indian Army along with JK Police (Source: @adgpi/ Twitter)

New Delhi: India Meteorological Department in its latest weather forecast bulletin said that Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana are likely to receive heavy rainfalls till July 30. “The Current spell of widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely to continue over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana till 30th July and reduction thereafter,” IMD said on Thursday.

Heavy rainfall at isolated places over Jammu, Kashmir is very likely on Thursday, said the IMD. Meanwhile, in the Udhampur district, the water level of the rivers, streams and local sewers are in spate due to incessant rainfall.

The authorities warned people that no one should visit near the banks of rivers and streams as the water level has increased due to heavy rainfall in Udhampur District.

The Meteorological Department has predicted more rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Thursday while it has also issued a weather alert asking people living in vulnerable areas to be cautious of landslides and flash floods.

Cloudburst In Kishtwar

Earlier a cloudburst was reported in the Gulabgarh area of the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir. At least seven people have died while 19 are still missing after a cloudburst in the Gulabgarh area of Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday morning, according to Doda Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Udayabhaskar Billa, of the 17 people who have been rescued till now, five are critically injured.

“Till now seven dead bodies have been recovered, and 17 people have been rescued. Out of 17 people who were rescued, five are critically injured. At least 19 people are still missing,” said the DIG. He added that rescue teams are putting in all efforts to reach the victims of the natural calamity timely, but delays are happening due to unsuitable weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic cloudburst in Kishtwar.

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Flash Floods in Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh, flash floods triggered by incessant rains damaged six bridges in Lahaul-Spiti district. The administration has requested the Army and Border Road Organisation to restore six bridges that have been damaged in the past three days on Thursday.

A bridge at Shansha Village was damaged due to another flash flood at Shansha Nalla on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, a rescue operation is underway at Tonzing Nalla in Lahaul-Spiti district as three people remain missing, said Lahaul district police.

Earlier on Wednesday, one person was killed while ten have gone missing as flash floods triggered by incessant rains lashed Tozing Nalla at the Udaipur sub-division of Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti district, the police said.

(With inputs from ANI)

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