Five districts in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh issued heavy rain alerts today, while the death toll remains at 88.

Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have faced significant devastation and loss of life in recent months due to continuous heavy rainfall. As of Saturday, the death toll from rain-related incidents in these hill states has reached 88.

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has taken action in response to the ongoing weather situation. An ‘orange alert’ has been issued by the IMD for heavy to very heavy rainfall in both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, spanning from August 22nd to 24th. Additionally, a ‘yellow alert’ for heavy rain has been set for August 21st (today).

The challenging weather conditions have resulted in substantial destruction and fatalities over the past few months due to relentless rainfall. The toll of lives lost due to rain-related incidents reached 88 on Saturday, following the recovery of another body from the remains of a collapsed temple in Shimla.

The IMD’s issuance of an orange alert for Himachal Pradesh for the upcoming two days is in anticipation of significant rain, even as the monsoon’s intensity has remained relatively subdued in the state. Although some regions experienced light rainfall on Sunday, the weather department has cautioned about a moderate risk of flash floods in catchment areas of Chamba and Mandi districts, with a predicted wet spell lasting until August 26th.

The potential consequences of heavy rainfall are manifold, encompassing landslides, flash floods, and rising water levels in rivers and drains. Additionally, standing crops, fruit plants, and young seedlings are at risk of damage. The IMD’s warnings and forecasts underscore the need for preparedness and caution in these regions.

In Uttarakhand, the impact of incessant rains has been pronounced, leading to landslides and flash floods in various locations. The Weather Department has declared a heavy rainfall alert for five districts in the state: Dehradun, Pauri, Nainital, Champawat, and Bageshwar. An orange alert has been issued for these districts for both today and tomorrow. Other districts may also experience light to moderate rainfall as per the weather department’s predictions.

The repercussions of the weather are not confined to the hill states alone. On Sunday, heavy rainfall was experienced in Chandigarh and its surrounding areas, causing a drop in temperature. This downpour provided relief from the previously sultry conditions. Furthermore, towns adjacent to Chandigarh, such as Mohali in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana, were also affected by the rain. The meteorological office has forecasted additional rain in Punjab and Haryana over the next two days.

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