U.S. Embassy New Delhi informs U.S. citizens that heavy rains caused severe flooding of many tributaries of the northern Ganges River in Uttarakhand and several parts of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Extensive flash flooding and landslides washed out many roads, making transportation in the region extremely difficult and dangerous. Media reports indicate thousands of people are stranded and communication channels have been badly damaged. The government of India is working to repair damaged roads and assist those stranded by the flooding. As a result, we advise U.S. citizens to defer all unnecessary travel to those areas until the waters subside and infrastructure is repaired. Monitor local and national media for updates on flooding conditions and transportation routes.
Embassy operations are expected to remain open as normal throughout the week. At this time, the U.S. Embassy has received no reports of U.S. citizen casualties. We are working with Indian authorities in the area to help locate and evacuate U.S. citizens. If you have information about a U.S. citizen affected by the flooding in Uttarakhand, please contact the U.S. Embassy at 011-2419-8000 or send an e-mail with your information to ACSND@state.gov.