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11 Killed Across North India Due To Heavy Rains, Red Alert Issued For Punjab

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| September 25 , 2018 , 08:21 IST

At least 11 people were killed on Monday due to heavy rains causing flash floods and landslides in hill states of northern India, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. A 'red alert' has been issued for Punjab and schools in Punjab, most places of Himachal Pradesh and the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir have been ordered closed on Tuesday.

In Ambala, Haryana, a 45-year-old man died after the roof of his house collapsed from heavy rains. A total of 5 people, including a minor girl were killed in the Kullu, Kangra and Chamba districts of Himachal Pradesh. In Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, 5 members of a family including 3 minors, were killed when their house was buried under debris after a landslide.

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In an advisory to the Punjab government, the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) said that it would be releasing excess water from the Pong dam due to the incessant rains in catchment areas of the Beas river. Several houses were swept away in flash floods due to the Beas flowing at a dangerous level, Himachal Pradesh Foreign Minister Govind Singh Thakur said.

Punjab has been facing widespread rainfall for the past two days and as the heavy rains continued on Monday, state authorities reviewed preparation to tackle flood-like situations and directed district authorities to maintain vigil to avert untoward situations.

An Indian Air Force team was also called in to help with rescue efforts, and in 2-days were able to save 21 people stranded due to flash floods at Dobi in the Kullu district. Residents of low-lying areas, especially in Kangra, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts were also being evacuated.

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BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur said, "So far, 126 roads have been affected by landslides triggered by rains and news of the loss of lives are too pouring in from many places."

Another 29 people were rescued from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

"A total of 29 persons, including six women and 10 children, were rescued from various flood-hit areas of Kathua district during overnight operations," a police officer said.

According to the Meterological department, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, western Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh.