At least 46 people have died and several are missing after floods triggered by heavy rains hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials said Wednesday.
Rescuers spent the whole of Tuesday night trying to retrieve bodies trapped under buildings destroyed by floods and landslides, said SA Murugeshan, head of the state’s disaster management agency. The team also evacuated residents in vulnerable areas. On Tuesday (19/10), officials said 22 people died in the disaster.
The mountainous state has been hit by incessant rain for the past three days. Many roads were flooded, and several bridges were destroyed. The flood also caused landslides in several areas, destroying a number of houses.
More than 2,000 paramilitary and civilian police have been deployed to deal with the disaster.
India’s Meteorological Department said rain was likely to recede in Uttarakhand on Wednesday, but warned of heavier rains in the northeast and south of the country.
The majority of deaths in Uttarakhand were reported in the city of Nainital, where 28 people died on Tuesday, Murugeshan said. Most of the deaths were caused by houses and buildings collapsing due to heavy rains, he added.
Videos circulating on social media show the Ganges River overflowing in Rishikesh, as well as the beautiful Nainital Lake. [ab/ka]