India’s capital [with 20 million residents] faces drinking water shortage after pumps flooded - Al Jazeera

Supplies of drinking water in New Delhi will fall by a quarter on Thursday and Friday because three treatment plants have been flooded, the city government said, as the Yamuna river overflows after incessant rain.

The river that flows through the city of 20 million residents is at its highest level in 45 years after unusually heavy downpours in neighbouring states like Haryana to the north.

The city also saw heavy rain over the weekend with flooding in low-lying areas that forced hundreds of people to seek shelter in relief camps.

Northern Indian states near New Delhi had received record rainfall since the monsoon began on June 1, with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh recording 100 percent and 70 percent more rain than average, respectively, the India Meteorological Department said.

New Delhi recorded 112 percent above-average rainfall, the department said.

Flash floods in the state over the weekend brought down a bridge and washed away several clusters of residential huts.

At least 12 people were killed in neighbouring Uttarakhand state, including nine on Tuesday when debris fell on their vehicles on a national highway, officials said.

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Al Jazeera

Locations: New Delhi, India Punjab, India Himachal Pradesh, India Uttarakhand, India India 

Organizations: India Meteorological Department 

Tags: Flooding Rain Weather Infrastructure Thirst Mass Death Climate Change 

Type: Headlines