Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with ministers and officials on Monday to assess the situation in the aftermath of heavy rains in areas of India.
The national and state disaster response teams are working to assist people affected by rain. “PM @narendramodi spoke to senior Ministers and officials, and took stock of the situation in the wake of excessive rainfall in parts of India. Local administrations, NDRF and SDRF teams are working to ensure the well-being of those affected,” PMO said in a tweet.
In the midst of heavy rains in many regions of the country, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) projected on Sunday that rainfall activity will continue throughout Northwest India, but the intensity of showers may vary.
Rain-related incidents have killed 14 persons in Himachal Pradesh. State Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Monday urged residents to stay at home for the next 24 hours due to the probability of severe rainfall.
The state has established three helpline numbers – 1100, 1070, and 1077 – to assist anyone who are in need.
MOfficials with the NDRF said personnel at its Ghaziabad center were prepared to deal with any unexpected circumstance caused by rising water levels in Delhi.
Dr. Charan Singh, Head of the Regional Meteorology Centre here, warned on Sunday that heavy to very heavy rainfall is possible in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and East Rajasthan during the next two days.
“If we speak about Northwest India, especially the mountains then all the Himalayan regions especially Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will witness extremely heavy rainfall for the next two days and after that, the intensity of rainfall will decrease, but heavy rainfall will continue to occur. If we speak about Jammu and Kashmir, there are chances of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours and after that of heavy rainfall”, Singh had said.
“As far as Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and East Rajasthan are concerned, there are chances of heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next two days, but the intensity will decrease after two days. Rainfall activity will continue to occur over northwest India,” he added.