sns & pti
DEHRA DUN/SHIMLA, 17 JUNE: Monsoon woes gripped several parts of north India today as heavy rains wreaked havoc in the hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, leaving over 60 people dead and hundreds stranded, while several parts in Haryana were flooded after water level of the Yamuna rose alarmingly.
Flashfloods in the Ganga and its tributaries triggered by incessant rains for over 48 hours left a trail of death and devastation across Uttarakhand killing 37 people, injuring 34 and damaging 164 buildings. Seven people went missing and five vehicles including a chopper were swept away in the heavy showers which are still continuing at a number of places across the state, Disaster Management authorities in Dehradun said. IG (Law and order) R K Vishkarma said nearly 45 people were stranded due to the flash floods and were airlifted from Sarsava airbase to safer places by Air Force helicopters.
Himachal Chief Minister Veer Bhadra Singh was left stranded, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna cancelled his foreign tour and a two-day Uttarakhand visit of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has been called off in view of the natural disasters which have wreaked havoc. The chief minister has cancelled all sanctioned leave of the officers across the state and has assigned the Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya and Agriculture Minister Dr Harak Singh Rawat to tour the state and monitor the situation.
According to Dr Piyush Rautela, Director, Disaster Management Minimisation Centre (DMMC), 31 people have lost their lives across the state while about 57,000 are stranded and 7 reported as missing . The official said that thousands of pilgrims and tourists have been stranded in Gangotri, Yamunotri , Badrinath , Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib due to landslides forcing the government to suspend the Char Dham Yatra and Kailash Mansarover Yatra.
Maximum loss has been suffered in Uttarakashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts. Large Scale destruction has been reported in Joshimath where many have been feared killed and several buildings, including 10 hotels have been washed away . A group of about 40 foreign and Indian people have been reported as missing on the Ghatsoli-Badrinath trekking route near Joshimath.
Meanwhile, 10 people lost their lives in the landslide in Kannaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. According to the sources from HP, about 1,500 people are still stranded in the area including the Chief Minister Veer Bhadra Singh, who was on his campaign trail in the area. the Army and the ITBP have been pressed into service to rescue the stranded people.
About 25 foreigners and a Doordarshan team were also stranded in Kinnaur district. The disaster management cell of the Army has been informed and it has already started preparations for launching the rescue operations in coordination with IAF and Army.
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna who took information from district magistrates on the extent of damage caused by the flashfloods through video conferencing expressed grief at the loss of lives in the calamity describing it as “huge”.
“ Massive destruction has been recorded across the state due to which over 450 roads and several bridges have been washed away disrupting routes and leaving the people stranded,” said Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna adding that the services of private helicopters have also been taken to meet the crises and rescue people. “ As soon as the rain stops we would start rescuing the people taking help of these helicopters,” said the CM adding that the government is trying to provide food and other essential things to the rain-hit people .
Besides, the Union government has also made available 10 helicopters at the Air Base of Sarsawa and sent teams of NDRF after the CM had apprised the Prime Minister with the situation in the state seeking immediate help. “The government is keeping a close vigil on the situation and the chief secretary has been given necessary directions,” said Disaster Minister Yashal Arya adding that the ITBP and BRO have been asked to ensure the clearance of disrupted routes and to assist in rescuing the stranded people. “The government has so far released Rs 130 crore to combat with the Natural disasters in the state,” said the minister. The annual Kailash Mansarovar ‘yatra’ has been suspended today in view of heavy rains and landslides in Uttarakhand.
In an effort to aid stranded people in flood-hit Uttarakhand, the Army has set up medical aid posts at three affected areas of the state to provide life saving assistance. Eight quick reaction medical teams have established medical aid posts at Rudraprayag, Joshimath, Govindghat and Dharchula to provide immediate life saving medical assistance. Besides, stranded pilgrims are being given expert and specialist medical advice on telephone via virtual network through Medical Emergency Helpline, a Defence Ministry statement said here. Army assistance centres have been established at Harsil, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Joshimath, Govindghat, Hanuman Chetti and Dharchula in the last 24 hours to provide information, medical aid, food and water to stranded pilgrims.

10 die in Shimla
Over 10 people have been reported killed in the remote tribal district of Kinnaur due to landslides and house collapses in the continuous rain in the past three days. In Chaugaon village alone, five of a family have lost their lives.
Besides, an estimated 1,500 tourists, including Bengalis and nearly 25 foreigners, are reportedly stranded due to the rain related road-blocks in various parts in the district. Around 25 to 30 Bengali families have been stranded in hotels , said Mr Javed Khan, the West Bengal disaster management minister today. "The Bengal government is in communication with the HP government and the latter has assured safety of the visitors" he said. It has been learnt that there was drinking water problem, but it has been solved now, Mr Khan added. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who had gone to the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency segment for campaigning is also amongst those stranded there. The state government has sought the Army’s help for rescuing all those stranded in the
Meanwhile, 52 people, including 15 children, stranded on a tract of land in Haryana’s Yamunanagar district due to floods, were rescued using boats today. Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Krishna Mohan said in Chandigarh that the villagers were rescued  this morning.

15 killed in UP flash floods
press trust of india
LUCKNOW, 17 JUNE: At least 15 people were killed in various parts of Saharanpur district as flash floods, caused by heavy rains in neighbouring Uttarakhand, wrecked havoc in the area while the Meteorological Department issued a heavy rainfall warning for some parts of the state.
“At least 15 people have lost their lives in incidents of house collapse and cars being washed away in parts of Saharanpur due to the situation in Uttarakhand during the past 24 hours,” IG, law and order, R K Vishkarma said.“Some 40 to 45 persons, left stranded due to the flash floods, were airlifted from Sarsava airbase to safer places by the Air Force helicopters,” he said, adding Shakumbhari Devi, Nakur and city areas have been badly hit.
An alert has been sounded in districts adjoining Uttarakhand, Mr Vishkarma said. The official said 14 flash flood companies of disaster management have been deployed in places like Varanasi, Bareilly, Kanpur, Etah, Hapur, Agra, Faizabad, Gorakhpur, Bijnore, Sharanpur and Mirzapur. Meanwhile, the Met Department has issued warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
“Heavy to very heavy rain would occur at many places over west Uttar Pradesh and at few places over East UP with extremely heavy rain at isolated places over the western part of the state during the next 48 hours,” it said.
With monsoon becoming vigorous over the state in the past 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain/thundershowers occurred at most places in the state while very heavy rain occurred at isolated places over the western region. According to the Met office, chief amount of rainfall recorded in cms are: Saharanpur ~ 20, Narora and Hapur 16 each, Nakur ~ 15, Anupshahr and Sawaispur (Hardoi) 14 each, Meerut ~ 11, Dharurahra and Mawana 10 each, Paliakalan, Kasganj and Aligarh 9 each, Sidhauli, Deoband and Jalesar 8 each.