Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh blocked a part of the national highway 5 near Shimla, and prompted the authorities to suspend the Manimahesh Yatra in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district on Monday, 26 August.Villages in Punajab's border district Ferozepur on the other hand, are facing a flood threat after a major portion of an embankment in the catchment area of Sutlej was away after Pakistan released water into the Indian territory.More than 50 people have so far lost their lives in the floods in northern India.Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are likely to receive heavy rains on 26-27 August, IMD reported.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced Rs 100 crore as emergency reliefRescue operations are underway in Uttarkashi’s Mori tehsil in Uttarakhand, following a cloudburst in the areaA helicopter with three people aboard and carrying relief material to flood-affected areas, crashed in Uttarkashi on Wednesday, 21 August.(The Quint will no longer be on WhatsApp, owing to changes in its policies regarding news publishers. You can now get the latest news updates on our Telegram channel. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram.)The Delhi government on Sunday sounded a flood alert for the city and asked people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places as the water level in the Yamuna river is expected to cross the danger mark, officials cited by PTI said.The Yamuna was flowing at 203.37 metres on Sunday evening and its water level is expected to rise up to 207 metres on Monday as 8.28 lakh cusecs water, the highest till date, was released from Haryana's Hathini Kund barrage at 6 pm, an official said."Water level is rising due to heavy rains as well as release of water from Hathini Kund Barrage and water level of Yamuna may rise up to 207 metres by 10 am tomorrow (Monday), putting at risk public life and property," East Delhi district said in its order.Rescue operations are underway in Uttarkashi's Mori tehsil following a cloudburst in the area, with two choppers having taken off with communication equipment and ropes. Three medical teams are also in Mori's Arakot in Uttarakhand.The water level of Yamuna river in Delhi has been recorded at 204.70 metres on Monday morning (the warning level is 204.50 metres) after more than 8 lakh cusecs of water was released from the Haryana's Hathini Kund barrage on Sunday.The Delhi government has called for an emergency meeting to be chaired by CM Arvind Kejriwal and has issued orders for evacuation from low-lying areas, with civic defence volunteers being deployed.As many as 17 people have died in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi after a cloudburst hit Mori tehsil of the district, Disaster Management Secretary (in-charge) SA Murugesan told ANI on Monday.A portion of a footbridge over Sutlej river in Chaba area of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh collapsed on Sunday after the water level in the river increased due to heavy rainfall in the region. The bridge provided connectivity to Shakra, Baaladi, Bindla and Jedvi villages.Speaking on the flood-situation in his state, Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur said that 22 have died in the past two days. "Death toll in the entire monsoon season is 43. Losses of Rs 574 crore estimated till now, detailed reports will come later. The situation is improving," he added.While heavy rains have already claimed 22 lives in Himachal Pradesh over the past two days, the meteorological department on Monday predicted that the downpour is likely to continue in parts of the state during the next 24 hours.Light-to-moderate rainfall will occur at many places in the state in the next 24 hours with heavy rains expected at isolated places, Shimla Met centre Director Manmohan Singh said.Over 500 people are stranded in several parts of the state as a number of roads have been blocked by landslides and flash floods, officials cited by PTI said.Efforts are on to clear the roads and restore traffic to move them to safer places.Four people have been rescued after they got stuck near a bridge in Jammu following a sudden increase in the water level of Tawi river.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the water level of the Yamuna river is expected to cross the danger mark in the evening. "Water can reach here during the next two days with full force, all our officers and ministers are monitoring the situation 24x7," he said.The water supply in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district has been adversely affected due to heavy rainfall, an official said, adding that it might take two to three days to restore the supply, PTI reported.Meanwhile, the Averi-Bajirbody road and the Bajaura-Kataula road near Ropa in Kullu district were blocked due to a landslide, the officials said.As the water level of the Yamuna reached close to the 'danger mark' in Delhi, vehicular movement on Loha Pul, an old iron bridge over the river, was closed on Monday, Delhi traffic police said, according to ANI.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced Rs 100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-hit regions of the state, ANI reported.The Yamuna river breached the danger mark in Delhi on Monday evening, prompting authorities to evacuate people from low-lying areas, PTI reported.According to a Delhi government official, the river was flowing at 205.36 metres, just above the danger mark of 205.33 metres.The official said that the water level is expected to rise further as Haryana released 1.43 lakh cusec water at 6 pm on Monday.Three teams of NDRF have rescued over 40 people and eight animals in Bholeval Kadim village in Punjab’s Ludhiana, an NDRF inspector said, according to ANI.“Five to six teams on are on standby. About 150 people in the village are waiting to be rescued,” the NDRF inspector added.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday and apprised him on the loss of life and property due to heavy rainfall in the state, ANI reported.At least 20 people have died in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi after a cloudburst hit Mori tehsil of the district, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Monday, according to ANI.“12 bodies have been recovered. People from NDRF, SDRF and forest department are engaged in rescue operations,” Singh added.The Punjab government on Monday declared the floods in the state a natural calamity, PTI reported.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has asked the Financial Commissioner Revenue (FCR) to officially declare the situation a natural calamity with the village as a unit to help the affected people get insurance claims against the loss suffered by them.All educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district will be closed on Tuesday as heavy to extremely heavy rains remain unabated in the region, district officials said.In its order issued by the district administration, all schools, colleges, universities, ITIs, polytechnics and anganwari centres have been asked to remain shut.More than 10,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna in Delhi were evacuated by government agencies as the river breached the danger mark on Monday evening, officials said.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the water level in the river is likely to rise further with more discharge from the Hathnikund barrage by neighbouring Haryana.People living in the floodplain of the river have been moved to the over 2,000 tents set up by various Delhi government agencies at safer places.The Ganga, Yamuna, Ghaghara and several other rivers were in spate in Uttar Pradesh on Monday due to heavy rains in neighbouring states, leading to floods in low-lying areas that left one person dead, PTI reported.According to the Central Water Commission, the Yamuna is flowing above the danger mark in Auraiya and Jalaun, while the Ganga in Badaun, the Chambal river at Palia Kalan in Lakhimpur Kheri and the Ghaghara are flowing above the red mark.According to officials, 16-year-old Anshu drowned in Etawah district due to release of water from the Kota barrage into the Chambal.Relief camps have been set up by the Ferozepur district administration in Punjab for the residents of 52 villages living near the swollen Sutlej river, officials said.The residents have been asked to evacuate to safer places in the wake of rising water level in the river, the officials added.Over 200 Army jawans have also been deployed along with 12 motorboats in Makhu and Zira area to help in evacuation.Rains in the northern states claimed at least 38 lives and triggered landslides that left hundreds of people in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh stranded.The situation in parts of Punjab and Haryana remained grim, prompting the Punjab government to declare the current flood situation in the affected villages of the state a natural calamity.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also announced Rs 100 crore for emergency relief and rehabilitation measures in affected regions.An Indian Air Force chopper has taken off from Jollygrant for Mori block in Uttarkashi carrying food material.State government is using 3 helicopters and has done 20 sorties for transport of relief materials from Dehradun/Arakot to affected villages. Drinking water, food packets, blankets, and medicines have been dispatched.Water level of river Yamuna rose to 205.94 meters, 0.61 meters above the danger level of 205.33 meters. Old Loha Pul (iron bridge) in Seelampur has been closed for pedestrians and vehicular traffic.Around 6,000 to 7,000 people from low-lying areas have been shifted to 1,100 tents and food and sanitation facilities are being provided to them. Additional District Magistrate for East Delhi, Arun Gupta said that food and sanitation facilities are being provided to them.Houses at Kisan colony and Yamuna Khadar near ISBT Kashmere Gate submerged in water from overflowing Yamuna river.Himachal Pradesh Minister RL Markanda was airlifted from Kaza to Shimla on Tuesday, 20 August. He was stuck in Kaza for the last 3 days. He said, "I was stuck in Kaza, Spiti for last 3 days as roads were closed due to rainfall, 127 people were also stuck in Chandrataal due to snowfall who have been rescued."Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the areas affected due to cloudburst in Uttarkashi district. As many as 20 people died in the cloudburst that hit Mori tehsil of Uttarkashi on Sunday, 18 August.Close to 14,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna in Delhi have been evacuated till today afternoon as the river was flowing at 206.08 metres after crossing the danger mark, according to IANS.Due to heavy rainfall, roads of villages in Lachhog tehsil Nerwa, Shimla were severely damaged on Saturday, 17 August.V Muraleedharan, minister of state for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs said, “Spoke to Himachal Pradesh CM on Malayalam film crew stuck in Chatru. Mandi district administration is in touch with stranded crew members. Evacuation efforts are underway to bring them back to Manali today,” reported ANI.Cabinet Secretary chairs National Crisis Management Committee Meeting to review the flood situation in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi, according to News18.Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said, “Malayalam actress Manju Warrier and her crew who were stuck in Chhatru region in Lahaul-Spiti, have been rescued. They are being brought to Manali.”As many as 63 people have lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh this monsoon season, while 25 of them were killed in heavy rains in the last few days, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur informed the assembly today.After Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivdendra Singh Rawat visited rain-ravaged Mori block of Uttarkashi today, he announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of those killed in the natural calamity.Northern Railways CPRO said, “Have restricted train speed to 20 kmph on Yamuna bridge (Delhi) as water level has crossed the danger mark. If water level crosses the 206.4 mark then will stop train movement on this bridge.”Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar directed all the deputy commissioners of the affected districts in the state to make necessary arrangements to deal with any adverse situation caused by rising water level in the Yamuna.The Centre has decided to immediately constitute and send inter-ministerial central teams (IMCTs) to visit 11 states to asses the damage caused by the recent floods.The decision was taken at a meeting of a high-level committee headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday.60 persons were rescued from Sultanpur Lodhi and Zira today in the wake of floods triggered by incessant rains and rising river water levels.In Delhi, water level of Yamuna reached 206.40 m at 9 pm today. Train movement of Yamuna Bridge between Delhi and Shahdara (DLI-DSA) is being suspended. Now trains will be diverted via New Delhi railway station (NDLS), reported ANI.Upper Yamuna Division, Central Water Commission has stated. “Water level at Delhi Railway Bridge (Old Loha Pul) site is expected to reach the peak value of 207.08 meter between 1 to 5 pm tomorrow.”Nine civilians have been rescued after they were stranded in Yamuna river in Karnal district, due to incessant rain and thundershowers on 18-19 August.Pilots of Mi-17 V5 152 Helicopter Unit carried out the rescue mission using night vision goggles for the rescue operations.The death toll in the recent rain that triggered landslides in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and floods in Punjab and Haryana rose to 42 with four more bodies being retrieved in Uttarkashi.In the national capital, the Yamuna river was flowing almost a metre above the danger mark and threatened to swell further as Haryana released more water from a barrage on Tuesday afternoon.In Himachal Pradesh, where 25 lives were lost, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur told the state assembly that his government is working on a war- footing to restore damaged roads and water and power supplies in the affected areas at the earliest.283 civilians were rescued by Army personnel in the flood-affected villages of the district in last 24 hours, in Ferozepur, Punjab.Food, water and other relief material is being sent on two helicopters, to the flood affected in Uttarkashi’s Arakot, from Sahastradhara helipad in Dehradun.20 people missing in Sanel village of Mori block in Uttarkashi district, following an incident of cloudburst that occured on Monday 19 August. 15 bodies have been recovered so far. The search operation is still underway.A helicopter, carrying relief material to flood affected areas, has crashed in Uttarkashi. The helicopter was going from Mori to Moldi, in Uttarkashi district. Three people, identified as Pilot Rajpal, Co-pilot Kaptal Lal and a local person Ramesh Sawar, were on-board the helicopter.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday 21 August said that there has been no loss of life in Delhi due to the flooding of various reasons. He said that temporary tents have been arranged for stay.“Once water recedes sufficiently people can go back to their houses.”Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, DelhiSeveral roads which were blocked in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district due to landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rains were reopened for light vehicles today, the police said.“Only light vehicles were allowed to ply on the Kullu-Manali route from Patlikuhal to Manali as the road is still damaged near Green Tax barrier,” said Kullu Superintendent of Police Guarav Singh.(Source: PTI)The Bhakra Beas Management Board said that it handled the situation brought about by the recent rains in Punjab in the “most professional” manner.“The BBMB, by resorting to controlled water releases, could successfully handle one of the worst floods which have occurred during the last 40 years. The situation has been handled in the most professional manner,” BBMB Chairman DK Sharma said while addressing media in Chandigarh.(Source: PTI)Himachal Pradesh Minister, RL Markanda said, “Lahaul-Spiti has received heavy rainfall in last few days. Nearly all tourists evacuated from Spiti. Malayalam film crew that was stuck in Chhatru has left from there today. I've come to know that they didn't have permission to shoot.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met people affected by the flood and said that the government will ensure availability of relief materials if there is any "shortage."Over 15,000 people living in the Yamuna flood-plains have been shifted to tents set up by various government agencies after the river water inundated low lying areas.The water from the overflowing Ganga river has entered the low-lying areas in Garh Mukteshwar, Uttar Pradesh, according to ANI.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on Wednesday, conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the state.However, with the decline in rainfall in the last two days, the water level in the swollen Yamuna River, which was responsible for flooding in Yamunanagar, Karnal, Panipat and Sonipat districts, receded.“Water level of the Yamuna started receding today but the river still continues to flow above the danger mark,” an official said.According to the Flood Control Room, the water level came down to 206.50 metres at 5 pm from 206.60 metres at 2 pm.A pregnant woman and her family spent an entire night on a tree to save themselves from the water from the overflowing Yamuna, which had submerged their hut in Usmanpur area of New Delhi.Scared witless when the floodwaters entered her house, Noorjahan used a pile of wood to climb a tree to save her and her two children. When her husband Jahangir, a rickshaw puller, returned home late at night, he too took shelter on the tree.The family spent the entire night there and called up the police only at 11 am today, a government official said. A team of policemen and doctors rushed to the spot and rescued the family at around 12 noon.Chief Public Relations Officer, Northern Railway said, “In view of floods covering Makhu–Lohian Khas rail route on Ferozpur–Jalandhar section (Punjab), three trains have been diverted.”Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has written to PM seeking Rs 1000 crore special package to address losses due to floods. The CM also urged the PM to instruct concerned authorities to waive off crop loans availed by farmers in the affected villages during current cropping season, reports ANIUnion Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that food processing companies have responded generously to her appeal to donate dry ration for flood hit people of Punjab and the same would be distributed among the affected people in the coming days.The Manali-Leh Highway, which remained blocked for over four hours due to fresh landslides in Kullu district, was reopened for traffic today evening, police said.“The highway has been opened for vehicles after the road near Marhi was cleared at around 4 pm today,” said Kullu Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh.Hundreds of acres of agricultural fields and several villages remain inundated in Punjab and Haryana even though no rainfall was reported in the two states for the last two days, allowing authorities to conduct rescue operations today.Helicopters of the Army were pressed into service to airdrop food packets in flood-hit villages of Punjab's Jalandhar district as they remain inundated because of breaches in the earthen embankments of the Sutlej river.As many as 19 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where raging waters of major rivers have disrupted normal life, officials told PTI on Thursday."As many as 15 persons have died due to rain related incidents in different districts of the state,” the Relief Commissioner's office said."The figure included three deaths in Amethi, two each in Raebareli, Sonbhadra and Mirzapur and one death each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Pratapgarh, Fathepur, Basti and, Ayodhya," it added.Besides the 15, four more persons have died in Ballia and Bhadohi, according to reports.A helicopter engaged in relief operations in Uttarakhand's rain-hit Uttarkashi district made an emergency landing in Arakot, officials said, according to PTI.The water level in the Yamuna is inching towards the danger mark in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, an official said on Friday, according to PTI.However, the official said no casualty had been reported so far.The floodwater from the deluged areas of Punjab, particularly Jalandhar, Ropar and Ferozepur districts began receding on Friday, giving rise to the threat of an outbreak of epidemic diseases, according to PTI.Several people have been affected by diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, fungal infection and skin disease and are being treated at different camps, an official said.Inter-ministerial central teams with representatives from key ministries like home, finance, agriculture and power will be visiting 11 flood-affected states to have first hand on-the-spot assessment of damages caused and relief work carried out so far, PTI reported.According to a statement by the Home Ministry, an inter-ministerial central team, led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Prakash, is visiting Karnataka on Saturday, 24 August, to have first-hand on-the-spot assessment of damages caused and relief work carried out by the state administration.In pursuance of a significant decision taken by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a meeting of the high-level committee on 19 August, inter-ministerial central teams will visit Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala affected by the recent floods, the statement said.In Uttarakhand’s rain-hit Uttarkashi district, ration is being provided in cloud-burst hit Arakot.A multipurpose camp will be organised at Arakot in Mori Tehsil near Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand on 25 August, chaired by District Collector Ashish Chauhan. Records like ration card, caste certificate, Aadhar card that were destroyed after cloud-burst will also be provided to the affected people, ANI reported.Aviation watchdog DGCA has suspended helicopter services for relief operations in Uttarakhand in the wake of two chopper crashes wherein three people died, according to a senior official, PTI reported.Only in emergency situations, helicopter services for relief operations would be allowed till the state authorities put in place Standard Operating Procedures, the official said.In a chopper crash on 21 August, all three people onboard were killed, while in another incident on 23 August, two people suffered minor injuries.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday expressed surprise over Punjab not being included in the list of states identified for on-the-spot assessment of flood situation by an Inter-Ministerial Central Team, PTI reported.He sought immediate inclusion of Punjab in the list as the state has been hit by floods.The Centre has listed 11 states for IMCT review of the flood damage but Punjab does not find mention in it, even though the state has witnessed large-scale flooding in many areas following unprecedented rains.The chief minister urged Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately rectify it.With rains again lashing parts of flood-ravaged Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday directed all ministers overseeing relief operations and the deputy commissioners to step up vigil in Chandigarh.According to a forecast by the MeT department, light to moderate rains/thundershowers are likely at a few places on 25 August, and at isolated places, thereafter in the state, which witnessed its worst flood in decades.A few villages in Punjab's border district Ferozepur are facing a flood threat after a major portion of an embankment in the catchment area of the Sutlej river was washed away following the pakistan's release of water into the Indian territory.Officials said that the Ferozepur district administration is on high alert, while precautionary deployment of the NDRF and the Army teams has been made in view of the flood threat which looms large in some villages.A village in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district has begun submerging as the level of the backwater of neighbouring Gujarat's Sardar Sarovar Dam started rising over the past fortnight due to heavy rains.“On Sunday, the backwater level rose to 133 metres, 6.5 metres above the danger mark, leaving thousands of trees, large chunk of agricultural land and human settlements in Nisarpur, about 180 kilometres from here, on the brink of going under,” an senior official said.(Source: PTI)A central team will soon visit Punjab to assess the damage in the flood-ravaged state, where rains lashed some parts today as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed all ministers and deputy commissioners overseeing relief operations to step up vigil.The chief minister, who was joined by his Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar and state Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, presided over a high-level meeting to review the flood situation in Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts.Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday asked the Water Resources Department to work out a joint action plan with the army authorities to strengthen the embankment at Tendiwala village in Ferozepur district on India-Pakistan border.The National Highway-5 has been blocked in the Badhal village of the Shimla district due to heavy rainfall in the region.The Manimahesh Yatra in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district has been suspended due to washing away of a bridge following rains, a police official said on Monday, 26 August.“A bridge near Bharngala Nala connecting Hudsar to Bharmour has been washed away following rains. This is the only route to Manimahesh. Efforts are being made to restore the bridge. Till then the yatra has been suspended.”Vimukt Ranjan, SP, KangraHe advised pilgrims not to proceed further towards Chamba/Manimahesh, till clearance from authorities concerned.The Manimahesh Lake is situated 26 km rom Bharmour in Budhil valley, an important pilgrimage spot in Himachal Pradesh.The lake is situated at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Every year during August/September thousands of pilgrims flock the lake to take a dip.Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) founder Medha Patkar has started an indefinite protest over her demand for proper rehabilitation of the flood-affected people in Madhya Pradesh's Barwani district and opening of gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in neighbouring Gujarat.“We had apprised the state government about our demands. Relief camps should have been set up at different villages in the area of submergence, the displaced have not been rehabilitated properly so far,” Patkar told reporters at the protest site.Earlier this month, the dam's backwater level increased following heavy rains, creating a flood-like situation in some parts of the district.