Flooding wreaks havoc in India
FLASH floods, and landslides triggered by torrential rains, have killed at least seven people in northern India, including three firefighters who were swept away as they helped rescue the stranded.
At least 19 other people – all construction workers – were missing and may have been washed away by the floods that hit the Himalayan foothills in Uttarakhand state, according to a district official.
The men were working on a hydro-electric project when they disappeared.
There has been incessant rain in the state since late Thursday and rivers are overflowing their banks.
Scores of homes have been washed away and residents have moved to buildings on safer ground. Soldiers are helping to evacuate people to relief camps that have opened in schools and government buildings.
Hundreds of pilgrims making an annual trek to Hindu shrines in the region have been stranded. The government has advised them not to continue with their pilgrimage until the rains ease up.
Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna said roads and highways have been badly damaged and at least two bridges have been washed away. Army engineers had been called in to install temporary bridges across the Gangotri River, he said.
India’s monsoon season runs from June to September.
Meanwhile the official North Korean Central News Agency said yesterday that floods have killed nearly 170 people and left 400 missing across the country.
The floods have also displaced about 212,200 people and submerged more than 160,000 acres of farmland between late June and the end of July.
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