Monsoon rains have left at least 38 people dead and displaced thousands in north India as of Monday, August 19. Rain has now subsided in the region, though water levels have reached above the danger mark in Haridwar (Uttarakhand state) and Delhi. Further, a flooded Yamuna river has caused the precautionary evacuation of over 84 villages along its banks in Haryana State.
Flooding has had a severe impact in some areas. Rescue operations were carried out by the Indian Air Force using helicopters in Jammu and Kashmir state and Karnal (Haryana state). Flooding in parts of Haryana and Punjab states was so severe that the government put them on high alert and were declared in a state of natural calamity.
Additional flooding, as well as transportation and commercial disruptions are possible, particularly in already inundated areas.
Individuals in the north of India are advised to monitor developments to the situation and local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.
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