Torrential rain in northern India has killed at least 22 people and caused landslides and flash floods in the region, according to officials and local media reported on Monday.
After severe rains pounded the nation’s capital over the weekend, New Delhi’s schools were shuttered. In the Himalayan regions of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, authorities urged residents only to leave their homes if essential.
Meanwhile, local media outlets reported that at least 22 people were killed due to flash floods and landslides on Sunday across the northern states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Punjab.
Over the weekend, flash floods in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh destroyed a bridge and several residential houses. Authorities utilized helicopters to rescue people whore were stuck on highways and bridges due to heavy rain.
In the northern states, including Punjab, Delhi, and Uttarakhand, there was flooding in the streets. Local media said that rescuers utilized inflatable rafts in some regions to bring individuals trapped inside their homes to safety.
“Please stay inside your homes because more heavy rain is expected in the next 24 hours,” Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said in an appeal on social media late on Sunday, Reuters reported.
According to a senior meteorology department official, many regions in Himachal Pradesh had a month’s worth of rain in a single day over the weekend.
According to the department, the current monsoon season, which began on June 1, has produced 112%, 100%, and 70% more rainfall than typical in Delhi, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh.