Heavy rains in India killed more than 20 people

People walk through a waterlogged road after heavy rains in New Delhi, India, July 8, 2023.
People walk through a waterlogged road after heavy rains in New Delhi, India, July 8, 2023.
  • Schools were closed in New Delhi following heavy rains in the national capital.
  • Floods and landslides account for most of the deaths in many states.
  • Rescuers pulled out the people trapped in the houses.

At least 22 people were killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains in northern India, officials and local media said on Monday.

Schools in New Delhi were closed due to the threat posed by heavy rains, while people in the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand were advised not to leave their homes unnecessarily.

On Sunday, casualties from floods and landslides were reported from the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, as well as from Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, flash floods over the weekend destroyed a bridge and washed away several huts. Authorities used helicopters to rescue people stuck on roads and bridges due to rain, footage reuters partner ANI Has shown.

Roads were flooded in northern states including Punjab, Delhi and Uttarakhand. Local media said that in some areas, rescue workers used rubber rafts to rescue people trapped inside their homes.

“Please stay inside your homes as more heavy rain is expected in the next 24 hours,” Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said in an appeal on social media late on Sunday night.

Several districts of Himachal Pradesh received a month’s worth of rain in a single day over the weekend, said a senior meteorological department official.

According to the department, Delhi, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have received 112%, 100% and 70% more rains than the average so far in the current monsoon season that began on June 1.

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