Dozens Dead as Floods, Landslides hit India’s Himalayan Region

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Days of downpours wash away vehicles, demolish buildings and destroy bridges in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered floods and landslides in India’s Himalayan region, killing at least 41 people and trapping many others.

Days of downpours have washed away vehicles, demolished buildings and destroyed bridges in the northern Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, while killing at least 33 and eight in each state, respectively.

A cloudburst in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday night killed nine people, and 12 people died in two landslides in Shimla, the state’s capital, authorities told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.

At least a dozen others were killed as heavy rains battered the state, sparking flash floods and more landslides.

Images from hard-hit areas in Himachal Pradesh showed bodies being pulled out of thick piles of dark earth that had crushed buildings and smashed roofs.

Thousands of people have been stranded as key roads have been damaged and power lines and communication networks disrupted. Railway lines were seen dangling in midair after the ground beneath them was washed away.

In Shimla, the landslides brought down a Hindu temple, which was crowded with devotees, raising fears that the death toll could rise as rescue work carries on.

All schools and colleges in the state have been shut, and more than 700 inundated roads have been closed.

Source : aljazeera