India - Monsoon rains update (DG ECHO, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 19 August 2019)

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  • Torrential rains in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have triggered flash floods. Delhi and Punjab states are also on flood alert.

  • According to media reports, at least 23 people have been killed in Himachal Pradesh, while 3 died and 22 are missing following a cloudburst in Uttarakhand, 3 more reportedly died in Punjab.

  • Over 670 roads, including 13 national highways are blocked across Himachal Pradesh, which received 1,065% higher than normal ‘single day rainfall’ on 18 August. Uttarakhand recorded a surplus of 159% in 24 hours. Water, electricity and communication facilities have been affected.

  • The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are conducting search and rescue operations.

  • DG ECHO is closely following the situation.