At least 46 people have died in northern India in the state of Uttarakhand due to flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall, the state government said.
“The number of victims in Uttarakhand as a result of incidents related to the rain has reached 46, 11 people are missing, 12 were injured,” said S.А. Murugesan.
Earlier, the head of state, Pushkar Singh Dhami, said that the state authorities will pay compensation to the families of the victims in the amount of 400 thousand rupees (5.3 thousand dollars), those who have lost their homes will be given 190 thousand rupees (2.5 thousand dollars).
Heavy rains that hit the state led to landslides and floods, interrupting communications with a number of settlements. Thus, communication with the resort town of Nainital, as well as with the cities of Kaladhungi, Haldwani and Bhavali, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, was completely interrupted. Indian meteorologists warned of continued heavy rainfall over the next few days and advised residents not to leave their homes for safety reasons.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was aware of the situation in Uttarakhand and wished the injured people a speedy recovery.