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Death toll from floods and landslides in northern India rises to 46

13:03, 20 October 2021
Death toll from floods and landslides in northern India rises to 46 Photo: Kcna/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

No less than 46 people died, several remained missing after devastating floods and landslides followed by heavy rainfalls hit the northern Indian province of Uttarakhand, local officials said on Wednesday.


Rescuers spent the night recovering bodies from the debris and evacuating residents.

Most of the deaths confirmed in the town of Nainital were caused by homes and buildings washed away, where 28 people were killed. 

Five family members died in the town of Ramgarh when their house was buried by a massive landslide.

The Indian Meteorological Department said the rainfalls will remain in northeastern and southern regions of India.

Recently, Nepal also suffered from floods and landslides triggered by heavy downpours, at least 31 people were killed across the country, 43 were missing, local officials said on Wednesday.

Last week the southwestern part of India got affected by heavy rains which caused floods in Kerala province. The death toll reached 25 people. Thousands of Indians have been evacuated from the region.

In 2018, almost 500 people were killed in Kerala province when the Indian state experienced the toughest floods in almost a century.