13 killed as rains wrack havoc in north and eastern India

Thirteen people were killed as heavy monsoon rains wracked havoc in north and east India, triggering landslides and inundating lakhs of acres of farmland on Friday.

Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 23:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Thirteen people were killed as
heavy monsoon rains wracked havoc in north and east India,
triggering landslides and inundating lakhs of acres of
farmland on Friday.

At least eight people were buried alive under the debris
following massive landslides triggered by incessant rains in
Arunachal Pradesh.

Upper Siang district remained cut off after a vital
bridge connecting the area with other places was badly damaged
due to flash floods and landslides.

One person was drowned and around 1.5 lakh people were
affected in the flash floods which hit the northern Assam
districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Golaghat and Sonitpur
following incessant rains in the upper reaches.

In worst-hit Lakhimpur district, a man was drowned in the
swollen Sesa river after it broke its right bank dyke flooding
30 villages and affecting around 15,000 people.

The carcass of a two-year-old rhino calf was recovered
from the flood waters inside the Kaziranga National Park`s
Gorakali camp area in Golaghat district.

Floods due to heavy rains has inundated larges areas of
Kaziranga forcing the animals to come out of the national park
to move towards the highlands of neighbouring hill district of
Karbi Anglong and nearby tea estates for shelter.

In Dhemaji district, 30,000 people in 60 villages were
affected by the swelling Siang river in Pasighat of Arunachal
Pradesh, Brahmaputra, Thimen and Lali rivers in Assam.

Four persons were killed in rain-related incidents in
Uttar Pradesh even as major rivers have started receding at
most of the places in the state.

One woman and three children died in Barabanki district
when their house collapsed over them.

Heavy rains lashed Delhi bringing water logging and
traffic snarls to the city.

The showers began at around 3:30 pm and the rain guages
measured 3 mm till 5:30 pm. The maximum temperature was
recorded at 34.5 deg C, while the minimum was at 26.7 deg C.
The humidity was at a maximum of 94 per cent and minimum of 63
per cent.

With Haryana releasing 80,000 cusec water, the level of
Yamuna rose to 205.60 meters, nearly one metre above the
danger mark, as authorities evacuated more people from
low-lying areas in the national capital.

Flood-like situation continued unabated in Haryana and
Punjab with over 80 villages in Yamunanagar, Panipat, Karnal
and Sonepat districts submerged under water and torrential
rains lashing the region.

Moderate to heavy rains lashed many parts of Rajasthan
with Dariyaband recording a maximum of 10 cm rainfall.

Elsewhere, Peepalkut recorded a maximum rainfall of 8 cm
followed by Sarera at 7 cm, Savad 6 cm and Vijaynagar 5 cm.

Parts of Himachal Pradesh received isolated rains as
monsoon remained normal in the state.

Kalpa remained coldest in the region with 11 deg C, while
Una was the hottest with 33 deg C.

Meanwhile, after remaining suspended for two days due to
landslides triggered by heavy rains, `Chardham yatra` in
Uttarakhand resumed.

Most parts of the state witnessed a bright sunshine.

All the routes leading to four shrines of Badrinath,
Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri were cleared and reopened
for vehicular traffic.