Heavy rains in northern India; 41 confirmed dead

A statue of Hindu god Lord Shiva is pictured in rising water on the River Ganges after incessant rains in Rishikesh in India's Uttrakhand state. Photo: Phys.org

Officials said Tuesday that landslides and flash floods triggered by several days of torrential rain killed at least 41 people and left more than a dozen missing in northern India.

Officials in Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, claimed 35 people were killed in new landslides on Tuesday, following the deaths of six people in similar occurrences the day before.

At least 30 people were killed in seven different events in the worst-affected Nainital region early Tuesday when a series of landslides and the destruction of multiple houses were prompted by cloudbursts, an ultra-intense downpour of rain.

"So far 30 people have been confirmed dead, while many people are still missing," Ashok Kumar Joshi, a top civic officer in Nainital, told AFP.

According to Joshi, the heavy rains caused severe damage in various isolated sections of the hilly terrain.

Another local civic officer, Pradeep Jain, told AFP that five of the dead were from a single-family whose home was buried by an enormous landslide.

Five persons were murdered in a landslide in the northern Almora district when they were damaged and covered by big rocks and sludge.

On Monday, at least six more people were slain in two distant districts of the state.

On Tuesday, the Indian Meteorological Department issued a new weather notice, expecting "heavy" to "very heavy" rainfall in the region over the next two days.

Publish : 2021-10-19 20:33:00

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