After torrential rains hit 10 of the state’s 12 districts, River Beas reportedly overflowed, submerging roads on either side and cutting off Manali, a popular tourist town. Flash floods and landslides have killed at least seven people and forced hundreds to evacuate, while local authorities have had to open the gates of four dams to contend with rising water levels. Around 378 roads have also been closed, and educational institutions are to remain closed today (Sept. 25).


Earlier this month, heavy rains in Assam forced local authorities to release water from the Ranganadi dam, inundating 76 villages and destroying some 3,500 hectares of crops. The previous rains and ensuing flash floods and landslides had already affected thousands. Continuous rainfall over the past few days has made it impossible for many to return to their homes. IMD has predicted the heavy rainfall to continue today (Sept. 25).


In the state capital Bengaluru, often labelled India’s Silicon Valley, a heavy downpour on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 flooded roads and houses in several neighbourhoods. Residents have complained of drains overflowing, and a few trees have also fallen.


IMD issued a yellow alert warning in Idukki, Wayanad, Palakkad, and Thrissur districts. The southern state is still recovering from the disaster in August, which caused an estimated $2.7 billion in damage, destroying homes, roads, and other infrastructure, and killing nearly 500 people.

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