Punjab Exclusive: Flood threat looms over Punjab, Haryana; water level in Bhakra dam crosses critical mark

Rains in the northern states have claimed at least 39 lives over the weekend, triggering landslides, leaving hundreds of people stranded in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand even as flood threat looms large in Punjab, Haryana with all major rivers in spate.Even as there was some relief from the rain, the weatherman has predicted that the downpour is likely to continue in parts of the Himachal Pradesh for another 24 hours.

Three more people were reported dead in Himachal Pradesh where heavy rains over the weekend have caused floods and landslides, increasing the toll to 26. In neighbouring Uttarakhand, the toll climbed to 12 with two more bodies being recovered on Monday. Cloudbursts have wreaked havoc in a dozen villages of Uttarkashi district, washing away houses and hectares of agricultural land.

Indian Air Force helicopters carried dramatic rescue operations in Jammu and Karnal districts on Monday.

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