PM speaks to ministers, officials amid heavy rainfall; IMD issues “Red Alert” to HP

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In the wake of widespread rainfall in most parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to senior ministers and officials to take stock of the situation on Monday.

The Prime Minister assured that the NDRF and SDRF teams are working for the well-being of those affected.

“PM Narendra Modi spoke to senior Ministers and officials and took stock of the situation in the wake of excessive rainfall in parts of India. Local administrations, NDRF, and SDRF teams are working to ensure the well-being of those affected,” the PMO tweeted.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert on Monday and advised people to avoid areas prone to Waterlogging and stay away from vulnerable structures.

In a tweet, IMD said “Himachal Pradesh will experience Heavy to Very heavy rainfall, including extremely heavy downpours exceeding 204.4 mm, on July 10”.

The Weather agency also issued an “Orange alert” to Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Rajasthan and said these states are likely to get “Heavy to very heavy rainfall (115.6 to 204.4mm) on July 10.
“Uttarakhand is also likely to get Heavy to very heavy rainfall (115.6 to 204.4 mm) during July 10 to July 12,” it said.

The Weather agency said Heavy to very heavy rainfall, including extremely heavy downpours exceeding 204.4 mm, was expected in parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim on July 11 and 12.

The national capital continued to receive moderate to heavy rainfall on Monday, with the maximum temperature likely to be around 32 degrees Celsius.

The city recorded 107.3 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 298.3 mm this month so far—more than the normal of 209.7 mm for the entire month.

“Light to moderate rainfall is likely to continue on Tuesday as well,” IMD said.

Meanwhile, the Yamuna river is currently flowing 204.6 metres in Delhi and is expected to reach 205.5 metres on Tuesday morning.

Addressing a press conference here, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “If the Yamuna river level crosses 206 metres, we will start evacuation”.

“As per CWC, the Yamuna River is flowing at 203.58 metres in Delhi. It is expected to reach 205.5 metres Tuesday morning. Also, according to weather predictions, the water level in the Yamuna is not expected to rise too high,” he said.

He added that the food situation is unlikely, and the state authorities are ready to deal with any situation that arises due to the flood.

In response to the heavy rainfall, Haryana released over one lakh cusecs of water into the Yamuna river from the Hathnikund barrage.

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