Uttarakhand floods: Death toll tops 50, rescue efforts mount

Union Home Minister Amit Shah to conduct aerial survey

Last Updated: 12:45 pm

Source:  News agencies

Floods unbridled by unseasonal rainfall claimed 54 lives so far in northern India’s Uttarakhand, while efforts to rescue those stranded were in full swing.

Of the 54 deaths reported, the highest (28) were reported in Nainital.

Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuate stranded people following heavy rains at Chhara village in the Nainital district, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, October 20, 2021.
Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuate stranded people following heavy rains at Chhara village in the Nainital district, in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, October 20, 2021.

Image Credit: National Disaster Response Force/Handout via REUTERS

Three days of incessant rains have left a trail of devastation in Uttarakhand as flash floods and landslides blocked roads and swept away bridges.

Union Minister Amit Shah who arrived in Dehradun late on Wednesday to assess the situation is likely to conduct an aerial survey today.