At least 22 people have died and more are missing in flooding triggered by heavy rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.
LUCKNOW, India – At least 22 people have died and more are missing in flooding triggered by heavy rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials said on Tuesday.
India’s meteorological department has predicted that heavy to very heavy rains will continue to fall in the state over the next two days.
Jyoti Negi, who heads the state’s disaster management cell, said 18 deaths were reported in the Himalayan resort of Nainital, two in Almorah and one each in the districts of Champawat and Udham Singh Nagar.
At least eight people were missing and several more were trapped under the debris, officials said. The military deployed helicopters to assist with the rescue efforts.
Several days of heavy rains flooded roads and destroyed bridges across the state. Nainital remained cut off from the rest of the state as the roads leading there were either blocked by landslides or washed away.
Videos shared on social media showed the Ganges overflowing from its banks in Rishikesh and scenic Lake Nainital overflowing with flood waters.
Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains have already killed at least 28 people in the southern state of Kerala.
Landslides and floods are common in the northern Himalayas of India. Scientists say they are more and more common as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.
In February, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away homes in Uttarakhand. In 2013, thousands of people were killed in flooding there.