81 dead in rain fury in Himachal, Uttarakhand, rescue efforts on

Chandigarh: Incessant rains and landslides killed 81 people in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as operations continued to rescue the injured and pull out bodies from debris due to house collapses in several places, according to local media reports.

The weather office has predicted isolated but heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the next few days. The death toll in rain-battered Himachal Pradesh rose to 71 on Aug 16 with more bodies being recovered. “At least 71 people have died in the past three days and 13 are still missing. A total of 57 bodies have been recovered since August 13 night,” Principal Secretary (Revenue) Onkar Chand Sharma said, reported PTI news agency.

Heavy rains have lashed the hill state since last week, triggering landslides in several districts, including Shimla, where three areas- Summer Hill, Fagli and Krishna Nagar are badly hit by landslides. “Rescue operations are going on in Summer Hill and Krishna Nagar areas,” Shimla Deputy Commissioner Aditya Negi told the news agency.

He said so far 14 bodies have been recovered from Summer Hill, five from Fagli and two from Krishna Nagar. Some bodies are still feared buried in the debris of the Shiva temple at Summer Hill that collapsed this week. About 15 houses in Krishna Nagar have been vacated and the families shifted to safer places, fearing landslides due to incessant rains.

The death toll in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand has risen to 10 after four bodies, including those of a couple and their son, were recovered from the debris at a resort in Lakshman Jhula that was hit by a landslide following heavy rain beginning this week.

Image courtesy of Twitter/Himachal Pradesh Police

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