With the weather improving after days of torrential rainfall, rescue operations are in full swing in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. 60,000 people remain stranded; 102 have been killed.
With the weather improving after days of torrential rainfall, rescue operations are in full swing in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Rainfall in Uttarakhand has been 450 per cent higher than normal. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister will go on a two-hour survey of flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand in a helicopter today.
The killer floods triggered by heavy rain have devastated Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the two northern states, where at least 130 people have died and more than 70,000 are stranded. Many of those who are stuck were on their way to the famous temple of Kedarnath. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi are expected to visit Uttarakhand today.
At least 130 people have died in the "killer monsoon" that pulverized the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh with torrential rain since Saturday night. More than 70,000 pilgrims remain stranded, many of them were en route to the famous temple of Kedarnath.
Monsoon rains wreaked fresh havoc in northern India leading to flash floods, cloudbursts and landslips as the toll climbed to 81. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the two northern states, have been the worst affected. Thousands of people are stranded. 5000 Army troops are out on rescue missions in parts of Uttarakhand, UP and Haryana. 12 Air Force choppers - 10 in Uttarakhand and 2 in Himachal Pradesh - have been deployed.
Early arrival of monsoon is usually good news. But the whole of north India, particularly Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the two Himalayan states, have been battered and ravaged by incessant showers, landslides and flash floods. Thousands are stranded in both these states.
Edited by Mala Das (with inputs from Agencies) | Monday June 17, 2013
Heavy rains lashed parts of north India today, as the annual monsoon covered the country nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. Thousands are reported stranded in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Here are 10 developments in this story:
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