2 Dead in Uttarakhand, India

In similar circumstances to the recent heavy rainfall and overflowing rivers in Nepal’s Far Western Region, the bordering Indian state of Uttarakhand has seen around 5 consecutive days of constant heavy rain which has caused rivers to overflow. Further heavy rain is expected until later this week.

So far the flooding in the state has killed 2 people, with 2 others missing after being swept away in flooding rivers. Over 5,000 were killed in floods in Uttarakhand in June last year. The recent heavy rain and rise in river levels must strike fears of a repeat of the 2013 Uttarakhand flood disaster.

Roads have been closed, making it impossible for the may visitors to he area to make their pilgrimages. Some reports say as many as 6,000 pilgrims were left stranded after floods and landslides closed roads in the area.

The Corbett and Rajaji national parks in Uttarakhand have been inundated, causing concern for wildlife there. Disaster response teams are on alert in various areas of the state, including the cities of Dehradun and Hardwar, as well as Lambager in Chamoli district, Harsil in Uttarkashi district, and several villges in Rudraprayag districts, including Kedarnath, Limchuli, Bhimbali and Gaurikund.

Rain in Uttarakhand and upstream in Nepal has left levels of rivers and dams dangerously high. Uttarakhand flood control authorities had to release some water from the Banbasa barrage on Saturday 19 July 2014. The release increased levels of the Sharda River, resulting in the flooding of around 15 villages nearby.