India India: at least 24 dead in floods and landslides

21:50  19 october  2021
21:50  19 october  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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A U Less 24 people are dead and more than a dozen are missing in northern India due to sudden floods and landslides triggered by several days of heavy rains, announced Tuesday the authorities.

According to weather forecasts, heavy rains should also strike in the coming days the southern state of Kerala where floods have already done more than 27 deaths since Friday, with thousands of evacuations.

Uttarakhand's Himalayen State authorities announced that landslides had been dead after having already killed six people the day before.

At least 13 of these victims died in three incidents Tuesday morning in the city of Nainital, where diluvian rains caused landslides.

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"24 people perished in the state in two days. There were six dead Monday and 18 people have been killed on Tuesday," said Ashok Kumar, Chief of the Uttarakhand Police.

Five members of the same family were nothed into their home, said a local manager, Prateek Jain.

Five other victims were killed in a landslide that occurred in the district of Almora, in northern Uttarakhand, and engulfed their home under the rocks and mud.

Indian meteorology services have extended on Tuesday their alert and provide "strong" rains with "very strong" in the region over the next two days. By location, more than 400 mm of water fell on Monday.

The authorities ordered the closure of schools and prohibits any religious or tourist activity in the state.

Images retransmitted by television and circulating on social networks show inhabitants making a way in the water that arrives at their knees near the tourist site of Lake Nainital, or the Ganges which overflows in the city of Rishikesh.

More than a hundred tourists have been blocked in the Ramgarh station due to the flood of the Kosi River which flooded several localities.

Groundslides regularly strike the North Himalayen from India, but their number increases according to experts with global warming, melting glaciers, hydroelectric dam construction and deforestation.

In February, a sudden flood devastated the Rishiganga Valley, Uttarakhand, killing some 200 people. Only sixty bodies have been found.

19/10/2021 15:51:19 - Dehradun (India) - © 2021 AFP

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