At least 46 people have died in the northern state of Uttarakhand and 27 bodies were recovered in the southern state of Kerala, according to officials of both states.
Uttarakhand started getting heavy rain over the weekend, with rain continues through Wednesday, flooding lakes and rivers, collapsing a bridge and disrupting services shut down.
aerial images of the affected areas showed engorged rivers and villages die were partially submerged.
“There has been huge loss from the floods…the crops have been destroyed”, the head of state minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami told Reuters partner ANI after investigating the damage late on Tuesday.
“The locals are facing a lot of problems, the roads are swampy, bridges are washed away.”
Of this dead, about 25 came from Nainital district, the worst affected area, senior Police official Ashok Kumar told the locals news Tuesday late. At least 3,000 people had to be evacuated from a barge on the river Sarda, die flooded on Monday, he said.
The flood is coming in the middle of a religious pilgrimage called the Chardham Yatra, where Hindus from all over India make the journey to Uttarakhand.
Up to 100 Western State pilgrims of Gujarat visited Uttarakhand when floods arrived, according to Gujarat . Disaster Relief minister Rajendra Trivedi.
Six of die pilgrims got stuck in the upper reaches of kedarnath, one of the main religious places. A helicopter was sent to evacuate the pilgrims, but poor weather circumstances frustrated rescue attempts, Trivedi said: on Tuesday. The water level had dropped sufficiently on Wednesday for to find safe shelter for the pilgrims and residents.
The pilgrimage has been temporarily suspended and will resume once the rainfall subsides.
Two observatories in the Kumaun region of the state, where Nainital is located, registered 340.8 millimeters (13.4 in) of rainfall and 403.2 millimeters (15.8 in), respectively, which is the highest rainfall over a 24-hour period ever recorded in the region, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.
The Himalayan state is especially prone to flooding. More than 200 were feared killed in February after flash floods wiped out a hydroelectric dam.
Meanwhile, Kerala has been plagued by torrential rains since Friday, causing landslides and rivers to overflow. Heavy rain is expected to met Thursday, according to the state information department.
More than 200 families are currently in 26 evacuation camps in the state, and in areas die prone to landslides, state authorities are urging residents to stay indoors.
Additional coverage by Reuters.
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