Rescue operations are underway in Punjab and Haryana states as floodwaters began to recede as of Thursday, August 22. Indian army helicopters were deployed on Wednesday, August 21, to deliver food and water rations to affected villages across Haryana state as well as in Punjab state's Rupnagar, Jalandhar, and Ferozepur districts. Although rainfall had subsided as of Monday, August 19, more than 300 villages in the affected states remain inundated by floodwaters as of Thursday, and significant damages to agricultural fields and residences in the area have been reported.
Further rainfall and consequent flooding are likely over the coming days and weeks. Associated transportation and commercial disruptions are to be anticipated in affected areas.
Individuals in 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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