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22 dead as heavy rain triggers flash floods, landslides in northern states

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Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain in parts of north India led to the death of at least 22 people in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have issued a red alert.

Water levels in rivers rose across the region, with the level in Pong Dam nearing danger mark. Bhakra Beas Management Board announced the release of 49,000 cusecs of water from Pong dam at 3 pm on Tuesday into Beas river. Around 1 lakh cusecs were released late night from Ropar barrage into Sutlej. Administration of these districts were directed to maintain vigilance. On Punjab government’s request, Army columns were kept on standby.

Haryana put its officers on high alert following increase in water level in Yamuna. At 8 pm on Monday, 2.16 lakh cusecs of water was released from Hathnikund Barrage in Yamunanagar district. Water was likely to reach Delhi in 72 hours. However, officers told The Indian Express that Yamuna and Ghaggar rivers in Haryana were below the danger mark.

Eight people died in Himachal and eight in Punjab. They included an eight-year-old girl who drowned in a ditch in Jalandhar, and a man and his 12-year-old son in Amritsar, whose car fell into a drain. Five people died in incidents of roof collapse in Kapurthala and Nawanshahr.