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Wednesday Oct 20 2021
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AFP
,
Reuters

46 dead as heavy rains, floods batter northern India

By
AFP
,
Reuters
Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuate people to safer places from a flooded area in Udham Singh Nagar in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, October 19, 2021. National Disaster Response Force/Handout via REUTERS
Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuate people to safer places from a flooded area in Udham Singh Nagar in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, October 19, 2021. National Disaster Response Force/Handout via REUTERS
  • At least 46 dead after floods in north India.
  • Aerial footage of the affected areas showed engorged rivers and villages partially submerged by floodwaters.
  • Unseasonally heavy rains across India have led to deadly floods in several areas of the country in recent days.


NEW DELHI: Floods unleashed by days of unseasonal heavy rain have wrecked crops, blocked roads and washed away bridges in northern India, killing at least 46 people, officials said on Wednesday, as they mounted rescue efforts for those stranded.

Aerial images gave glimpses of engorged rivers and partially submerged villages in affected areas in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, which is especially prone to flooding, although other areas have also suffered in this week’s downpours.

A statue of Hindu god Lord Shiva is pictured amid rising water levels of River Ganga after incessant rains in Rishikesh in Indias Uttrakhand state. Photo: AFP
A statue of Hindu god Lord Shiva is pictured amid rising water levels of River Ganga after incessant rains in Rishikesh in India's Uttrakhand state. Photo: AFP

“There is huge loss due to the floods ... the crops have been destroyed,” Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami told Reuters partner ANI after surveying the damage late on Tuesday.

“The locals are facing a lot of problems, the roads are waterlogged, bridges have been washed away.”

Locals point towards the risen water levels of the River Ganga after incessant rains in Indias Uttrakhand state. Photo: AFP
Locals point towards the risen water levels of the River Ganga after incessant rains in India's Uttrakhand state. Photo: AFP

The death toll could rise further, state disaster management official S A Murugesan told Reuters.

Footage from national disaster management officials showed people being led to safety after being trapped in landslides.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was anguished at the loss of life, he said on Twitter.

In February, more than 200 were feared killed in Uttarakhand after flash floods swept away a hydroelectric dam.

Other regions battered in the aftermath of rains include the southern state of Kerala, where more than 20 people died following landslides, authorities said on Monday.

In neighbouring Nepal, at least 43 people died and 30 were missing after three days of heavy rain, police said on Wednesday.

India’s annual monsoon rains usually run from June to September.