The Oklahoman

46 dead after heavy rains in northern India

- Biswajeet Banerjee

LUCKNOW, India – At least 46 people have died and several are missing after floods triggered by heavy rains hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhan­d, officials said Wednesday.

Rescuers worked through the night to retrieve bodies stuck in debris and to evacuate those in vulnerable areas, said S.A. Murugeshan, secretary of the state’s disaster management. On Tuesday, officials said 22 people were killed by the rains.

The mountainou­s state has seen incessant rains for the past three days, flooding roads, destroying bridges and causing landslides in which several homes were washed away. The situation has prompted help from more than 2,000 members of the paramilita­ry and civil police.

The Indian Meteorolog­ical Department said the rains were likely to recede in Uttarakhan­d on Wednesday but warned of more downpours in the northeaste­rn and southern regions.

The majority of the deaths in Uttarakhan­d were reported in the picturesqu­e town of Nainital, where 28 people were killed Tuesday, Murugeshan said.

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