A sadhu or Hindu holy man stands on a boat near a submerged hut on the flooded banks of river Ganga after heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian city of Allahabad August 9, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Nineteen people have been killed in the last 24 hours in landslides and incidents of house collapse as heavy rain continued in the hill state of Uttarakhand today, according to a report of NDTV.
While 14 people have been killed in Yamkeshwar, Pauri and Lansdowne Tehsils of Pauri district, two people have reportedly been swept away in Dehradun. One death has been reported in Pithoragarh.
The downpour has caused all rivers including the Ganges river in Haridwar to swell and flow over the danger limit. Due to impending landslides, the Chardham pilgrimage has been currently suspended.
There is more worry for the hill state as the MeT department has predicted more rain in the next 48 hours. The state government has issued additional flood alerts to all villages situated beside teeming rivers.