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Weather Update: Cloudbursts In Kargil And Uttarakhand, Rajasthan Receives Heavy Downpour- Top Points

Heavy rain-triggered lanslides shave blocked several places including Badrinath and Yamunotri National Highway while 71 villages in Roorkee, Laksar, Bhagwanpur, and Haridwar tehsils were submerged which forced several families to leave their houses for some place else.

Heavy rains inundate Uttarakhand
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Monsoon continues to wreak havoc across several states, including Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Delhi. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of Uttarakhand, Gujarat and more downpours for the financial capital Mumbai.

So far, in different parts of the country, incessant torrential downpours have led to road closures, train cancellations and holidays for educational institutions.

Here's an account of the current situation across states.

Two cloudbursts on Saturday morning

On Saturday morning, Jammu and kashmir's Kargil witnessed a massive cloudburst that has triggered a flood like situation in the area while another cloudburst has taken place in Uttarakhand's Purola. 

Situation continues to br grim in Uttarakhand 

Heavy rain-triggered lanslides shave blocked several places including Badrinath and Yamunotri National Highway while 71 villages in Roorkee, Laksar, Bhagwanpur, and Haridwar tehsils were submerged which forced several families to leave their houses for some place else.

It has been reported that 81 families have shifted to temporary relief centres.  

The Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district was blocked at five places between Nandprayag and Badrinath due to landslide debris.  

According to the information received from the State Emergency Operation Centre, the Karnaprayag-Gairsain National Highway has also been closed for traffic due to the road being washed away at Kalimati near Gairsain.

Rishikesh-Yamunotri National Highway is closed due to debris near Dharasu band in Uttarkashi district.  

In light of the current situation, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday declared areas in Haridwar waterlogged due to flood as "disaster-prone".

The CM has also deferred the payment of electricity and water bills and other government dues and loans for the next three months.  Dhami said that distribution of relief money will be ensured immediately after a survey was done in the disaster-affected areas.  

He said the government was working on a flood management plan to prevent the recurrence of this type of disaster in future, and was preparing a comprehensive plan for drainage and construction of small culverts.  

The CM also called for steps to channelise rivers to reduce the risk of floods in future.

Rajasthan dams overflowing after bountiful rains

Owing to bountiful rains in Rajasthan this monsoon season, 114 dams are either full or "overflowing", officials said on Friday. 

According to the Water Resources Department, from the monsoon's onset in the state on June 25 till July 18, the small and big dams and anicuts have stored 59.71 per cent of their total storage capacity.During this period, 7,512.03 million cubic metres (MCM) of water was stored in the reservoirs against the total capacity of 12,580.03 MCM.

Out of the 690 dams in the state, 114 are either full or overflowing, while 278 have inflow greater than 4.25 MCM, they said.

This monsoon, Mount Abu was the wettest in the state recording 1,418 mm of rainfall so far. Muthana in Pali district received the maximum rainfall in a single day at 530 mm, the official release said. 

To ensure preparedness for a flood situation, control rooms have been set up in all 33 districts to monitor 54 major dams, it said. 

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In view of the excess rainfall in the Ghagghar river catchment area, proportionate water flow is being ensured in the adjoining drains, it added.

The Water Resources Department said it has made all necessary preparations to deal with any possible flood situation across the state.

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