Heavy rain, landslides kill 17 in Uttarakhand

New Delhi At least 17 people were killed and 10 others were trapped in debris as landslides triggered by heavy rains wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand, sweeping away scores of houses in several villages of the hill state.

The worst affected was Almora district, where an alert has been sounded by the administration. Sitarganj received a maximum rainfall of 193 mm, followed by Haldwani at 160 mm, Pantnagar (116.2 mm), Nainital (108 mm) and Almora (89 mm)

The torrential rains have also disrupted the annual Chardham pilgrimage with national highways and roads linking them hit by landslides at a number of places.

Nineteen more people have died in north India as incessant rains lashed the region triggering landslides and rising levels of major rivers.

Two people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, where flood situation continued to remain grim in several districts due to rise in water level of major rivers at a number of places.

Flood situation in trans-Ganga areas of Farrukhabad district turned grim affecting a population of over one lakh with water being discharged in Ganga at Narora.

Ganga is flowing above the danger mark at Fatehgarh and Ballia. Yamuna continued to flow above the red mark at Mathura and Auriaya.

The minimum temperature plummeted in higher hills and tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh with monsoon remaining weak in the region.

Kalpa was the coldest with a maximum of 9.6 deg C, while Una was the hottest with a high of 32.6 deg C. Shimla recorded a low of 13.9 deg C.

The maximum temperature in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh settled between two to three degree Celsius below normal.

Hisar was hottest in plains of Punjab and Haryana with a high of 32.5 deg C, which was three notches below normal.

Ambala settled at a high of 32 deg C, two notches below normal, while Amritsar recorded a high of 31.6 deg C, two degrees below normal.

Chandigarh recorded a high of 31.5 deg C, two notches below normal.
Story First Published: September 18, 2010 20:42 IST

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