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Heavy rains from the mountains to the plains have thrown life out of gear. While the flood situation is getting serious in Assam, dozens of roads have been blocked in Himachal. Northern Railway has had to cancel 17 trains and divert 12. Not even a single flight by air or helitaxi could take place at Kangra, Bhuntar and Jubbarhatti airports in Himachal Pradesh. At the same time, 800 bus routes of Himachal Transport Corporation remained stalled in the state. Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has appealed to the people to be alert and not to go near rivers and drains. He has also urged the people of the state to cooperate with the district administration and follow the guidelines issued by the administration.
Situation serious due to floods in Assam, more than 18 thousand affected
The flood situation in Dhemaji district remains critical due to rise in the water level of several rivers including Brahmaputra. Over 18,000 people are affected in the district. About 48 villages have been surrounded by flood water. About 530.07 hectares of crops have come under the grip of flood. Apart from this, there is an outbreak of flood in six other districts as well. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, around 30,000 people in six districts of the state are affected by the floods.
Devotees’ vehicle slipped and fell into the river Ganga
At the same time, the vehicle of devotees returning from Kedarnath Dham skidded and fell into the Ganges river, in which three people died and three went missing, while five have been saved. According to Uttarakhand Police, a group of 10 pilgrims left for Rishikesh from Sonprayag on Saturday night. At around 3 o’clock in the late night, near Malakunthi on the Badrinath National Highway, the vehicle lost control and entered the Ganges. Five people somehow came out, but six people drowned in the Ganges. Of these, Ravi, resident of Andhra Pradesh, Saurabh, resident of Bihar and Abhijeet, resident of Shahdara, Delhi have died. Driver Ankit Singh Rana, a resident of Rudraprayag’s Ukhimath, Atul and Akshay of Shivpura in Bihar are missing. In view of the bad weather, the Rudraprayag administration has stopped the Chardham Yatra from 8 am to 5 am.