“The locals are facing a lot of problems, the roads are waterlogged, bridges have been washed away.”
Of those dead, oor 25 were from Nainital district, the worst affected area, senior police official Ashok Kumar told local news late Tuesday. Ten minste 3,000 people had to be evacuated from a barge on the Sarda River, which overflowed on Monday, hy het gesê.
The flooding comes in the middle of a religious pilgrimage called the Chardham Yatra, during which Hindus from around India make the journey to Uttarakhand.
Tot by 100 pilgrims from the western state of Gujarat were visiting Uttarakhand when the floods arrived, according to Gujarat’s disaster management minister Rajendra Trivedi.
Six of those pilgrims became trapped in the upper reaches of Kedarnath, one of the main religious sites. A helicopter was sent to evacuate the pilgrims, but poor weather conditions frustrated rescue efforts, Trivedi said on Tuesday. Teen Woensdag, water levels had receded enough for the pilgrims and residents to find safe shelter.
The pilgrimage has been temporarily suspended, and will resume once rainfall recedes.
Two observatories in the Kumaun region of the state, where Nainital is located, opgeneem 340.8 millimeters (13.4 duim) of rainfall and 403.2 millimeters (15.8 duim) onderskeidelik, marking the highest rainfall over a 24-hour period ever recorded in the region, the Indian Meteorological Department said Tuesday.
The Himalayan state is especially prone to flooding. Meer as 200 were feared killed in February after flash floods swept away a hydroelectric dam.
Intussen, torrential rain has battered Kerala since Friday, causing landslides and rivers to overflow. Heavy rain is expected to continue through Thursday, according to the state’s information department.
Meer as 200 families are currently in 26 evacuation camps across the state, and in landslide-prone areas, state authorities are urging residents to stay indoors.