As deadly floods hit northern India, New Delhi experiences its wettest July day in decades

Heavy rains caused deadly floods in northern India, marking its wettest July day in over 40 years. The rains triggered flash floods and landslides, resulting in the deaths of at least 22 people, mostly in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. New Delhi received 153 millimeters (6 inches) of rain on Sunday, making it the city's wettest July day since 1982. The Indian Meteorological Department issued red alerts for the northern states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Haryana, and landslide warnings for Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu called for residents to stay home for the next 24 hours and closed schools and colleges. Rescue efforts are ongoing for those caught in the floods throughout Himachal Pradesh. For the next five days, "isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall" is forecast for the northern regions of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh starting Monday. School closures in several areas, including Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, were forced due to the torrential rains lashing Delhi since the last two days and warnings from the Meteorological Department. Chandigarh schools have been advised to remain closed until Tuesday, while Gurugram schools were ordered to close due to significant rainfall and concerns of floods, trees falling, and other potential disruptions. India is in the midst of monsoon season, which can last from April to September.


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