Flooding death toll passes 100 in Nepal and India’s Uttarakhand

Flooding death toll passes 100 in Nepal and India's Uttarakhand
Overflowing rivers have swept away bridges as here in Chalthi, Uttarakhand. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: More than 100 people have died after heavy rainfall triggered flash floods in parts of Nepal and India’s northern state of Uttarakhand.

Homes were crushed or submerged by rocks swept into them by landslides.

Some 50 people, including five from a single family, died in India’s Uttarakhand state and a similar number in Nepal, with dozens more missing in both countries.s

Rains further south in the Indian state of Kerala also triggered deadly floods, leaving another 39 dead there.

On Wednesday, six more bodies were recovered in Uttarakhand, taking the death toll in the Himalayan state, a popular tourist spot, to 52.

Religious and tourist activities suspended and Schools have been closed in the state

The popular Nainital region was severely affected and the Ganges burst its bank in Rishikesh.

Uttarakhand, which normally sees up to 1.2in (30.5mm) of rain for the whole of October, recorded 328mm in a 24-hour period this week.

The rainfall is now easing, as Indian Meteorological Department says.

Rainfall in Nepal may not be so quick to ease.

The worst-affected areas are Ilam and Doti in west Nepal and Panchthar district in east Nepal.

Reuters reported that rescue workers were struggling to reach 60 people stranded for two days in the village of Seti in west Nepal.

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