At least 15 dead as heavy rains lash N India
Updated 22:49, 09-Jul-2023

Torrential rains pounded several parts of India's northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand on Sunday, with at least 15 people killed and several others injured in landslides and other rain-related incidents, including lightning, landslides, and house collapse, according to the latest report from Times of India.

In Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri district, three people, including a woman, died, and three others were injured on Saturday evening when lightning struck as the victims were working in agriculture fields. The injured were admitted to a local hospital.

In the northern hilly state of Uttarakhand, a vehicle carrying around 11 people skidded off a hill after being hit by a landslide, said local police. The incident happened in the Gular area of Tehri district on Saturday afternoon. While three bodies have been recovered, efforts are still on to find three people still missing after the accident. Five injured people were admitted to a local hospital.

In another northern hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, three members of a family died when their house collapsed after being hit by a landslide on Sunday morning. The deceased included the husband, his wife and their child.

Another two rain-related deaths were reported in the Kullu and Chamba districts of Himachal Pradesh.

Two persons were also killed in Jammu and Kashmir after a landslide hit a passenger bus in Doda district. Meanwhile, the bodies of two soldiers swept away by flash floods while crossing the Dogra Nallah on Saturday were recovered in Poonch district of the Union Territory, according to the report from Times of India.

(With input from agencies)

(Cover: A Central Industrial Security Force officer patrols the Taj Mahal during heavy rainfall in Agra, India, July 4, 2023. /CFP)

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