UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday voiced his sadness at the loss of life and the damage to homes and infrastructure in India due to devastating floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand over the last week.
"He extends his sincere condolences to the people and Government of India, especially the families of those who have died, been injured or otherwise affected in this disaster," said a statement issued by the Secretary-General's spokesperson.
The unprecedented heavy rains triggered landslides and floods in the Ganges River last week, washing away thousands of houses and roads and cutting communication links in large areas of Uttarakhand.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon saddened by loss of life in Uttarakhand floods
Fresh rains, landslides and cloudburst today hampered impeding operations to evacuate over 10,000 stranded people. The official death toll as of Sunday was put at 680 while India's Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that the death toll will exceed the figure of 1,000.
Ban welcomed the swift response by India's disaster management authorities and said the United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to emergency recovery and rebuilding efforts if needed.
Centre to seek explanation from LBSNAA Deputy Director Saurabh Jain in IAS impostor case
Robbers decamp with goods worth Rs 25 crore from Delhi's Kalindi Kunj
Moment is truly painful, tweets Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka after his 45th transfer