New Delhi: Over 30 are feared dead after flash floods hit Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu on Saturday. Ten people died in Uttarakhand alone and 38 others are missing after incessant rains triggered landslides and floods in the state.
Several homes were destroyed and pilgrims on the Chardham Yatra are reportedly stranded. In Uttarkashi, 19 labourers at the Assi Ganga hydel project were said to be missing after a cloud burst.
Meanwhile, the Bhagirathi is flowing well above the danger mark.
The Garhwal region, meanwhile, is the worst hit. Nearly 30 homes have been washed away in the floods after the Gangotri bridge collapsed. Three jawans of fire services were also killed in Gangotri following heavy rains.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was monitoring the situation and has asked the concerned authorities to launch rescue and relief operation in the disaster-hit areas. Indo-Tibetan Broder Police (ITBP) and Army jawans have been called in for rescue operations.
Flash floods hit Palchan in Himachal Pradesh as well. Two bridges and a road which connects Manali to Rohtang were washed away on Saturday night.
Police rushed to evacuate 120 people from the area. A government school, an under construction hydropower project and many electricity poles were also washed away in the floods.
There were reports of heavy rainfall in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Many parts of Moradabad were waterlogged. Graveyards weren't spared either. Many found it difficult to hold funerals on Saturday.
Jammu and Kashmir
The Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir was affected as water levels in the Ujh river rose.
Twenty-three people have been rescued so far, while 90 families living near the Chenab have been evacuated.
A number of nomadic families are said to have been displaced.
The weathermen have predicted more rains in the next 24 hours in the region forcing the authorities to sound a flood alert.
With additional information from PTI