Heavy rains wreak havoc in Uttarakhand. At least 38 people have been killed due to cloudbursts in the state, 25 deaths have been reported from Pithorgarh only.
Massive rescue and relief operations are on in the affected areas.
The national highways have been closed due to landslides and mounting debris.
The crucial Chamba-Rishikesh National Highway-94 and Chamoli-Badrinath- NH- 58 have been blocked due to landslides. Efforts are on to clear the roads and get the traffic moving.
Meanwhile, the MeT department has predicted more rains in Uttarakhand.
On the other hand, water level in the state’s rivers including Ganga is rising, prompting authorities to issue an alert.
RAINS IN HIMACHAL PRADESH
The Shimla-Delhi highway has been blocked after heavy rains triggered a landslide in the region. One person was killed and four others were injured seriously when the vehicle in which they were travelling was hit by falling boulders in the highway. Efforts are still on to clear the highway but with the rains not letting up it’s becoming increasingly difficult for authorities.
There is also a fear of rivers breaching the safety mark and overflowing which could cause flood. The MeT department has alerted locals of heavy rains over the next days as well.