Dehra Dun: At least 41 people were killed
overnight as incessant rains wreaked havoc in the hill state
of Uttarakhand triggering landslides and floods which rendered
Authorities shut schools for three days as the death
count owing to relentless rains rose to 60 in the state in the
past two days.
The help of army and ITBP had been sought for relief
and rescue operations in the state where major rivers were
flowing above the red mark, an official spokesman said.
Seven people were still trapped under the debris of
flattened houses in cloudburst-hit villages, he said.
River Ganga, flowing two-mt above the danger mark in
Haridwar, inundated several areas in the district with holy
place Har-Ki-Puari completely submerged under water.
Rivers Yamuna, Kosi and Ramganga were also in spate as
the weather bureau predicted heavy rains in the state in the
next 48 hours.
Almora district in the state was the worst-hit with
landslides striking several villages killing 28 people, the
Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre said.
Naintal accounted for 11 deaths, Haridwar seven and
Pauri three, it said.
Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was monitoring
the situation constantly and had asked concerned authorities
to carry out rescue and relief operations on a war-footing,
the spokesman said.
He also held telephonic talks with the Prime Minister
and sought maximum assistance to cope with the situation.
Each of the 13 affected districts had been given Rs 71
crore for relief work, an official release said.