Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:59:26 GMT

Rain wreaks havoc in Uttarakhand; 41 more killed

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 hundreds homeless.

Authorities shut schools for three days as the death count owing to relentless rains rose to 60 in the past two days. Seventeen people were still trapped under the debris of landslides and cloudbursts-struck villages.

The State government has sought the help of Army, ITBP and other paramilitary forces for relief and rescue operation, an official spokesman said.

The Ganga was rising two to three metres above the danger mark at Haridwar inundating several areas of the district with Har-Ki-Pauri submerging completely into the gushing waters.

Similarly, the Yamuna, Kosi, Ramganga and other major rivers were flowing above the danger mark with authorities issuing warning to people living close to these rivers to move to safer areas.

Met department also issued fresh warning of landslides and cloudbursts in the next 24 hours in the State.

The worst affected district was Almora where several villages were struck by heavy landslides killing 22 people and trapping 14 others in debris, Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre (DMMC) here said.

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