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Rain causes landslides, flood in many states; claims 57 lives

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Rains cause landslides, flood in many states; claim 57 lives A massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh buried two state roadways buses. PTI

New Delhi: Heavy rainfall triggered landslides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, where at least 46 people were killed, and caused floods in eastern and northeastern states, with 10 deaths being reported in Assam on Sunday.

In Uttarakhand, a girl was killed and her parents are missing following a landslide on Saturday that buried their house.

A massive landslide, triggered by a cloudburst, in Himachal Pradesh Saturday night, buried two state roadways buses, killing at least 46 people and injuring several others at Kotpuri near Padhar on the Mandi Pathankot national highway.

According to officials, the toll may cross 50.

Rains cause landslides, flood in many states; claim 57 lives The National Disaster Response Force, the army and the police are involved in rescue operations. PTI

The highway have been closed stranding hundreds of vehicles, they said, adding the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the army and the police were rushed to the spot.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who visited the site, said the rescue operation would continue till all bodies were recovered.

State health minister Kaul Singh Thakur announced financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased while transport minister G S Bali said announced that Rs 1 lakh would be given to each bereaved family by the HRTC.

In eastern and northeastern states, rains caused havoc, triggering floods in Assam and parts of Bihar and West Bengal.

Ten more people died as the flood situation deteriorated in Assam, where 22.5 lakh people were affected in 21 districts and the Army has been called for rescue operations.

This is the second wave of deluge in the state, the toll in this year's flood-related incidents has gone up to 99, Assam State Disaster Management Authority said, adding the situation is likely to worsen as waters of the Brahmaputra and 10 other rivers were flowing above the danger mark at 15 places.

Most of the forest areas in Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Lawkhua wildlife sanctuary were under flood waters.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has called up Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who toured various flood-affected areas in Dibrugarh district, an official release said.

The prime minister expressed concern and assured all possible help and support to the state government in handling the situation, it said.

Nagaon deputy commissioner Shamsher Singh said the waters of the Brahmaputra river breached a crucial dyke at Hatimura inundating vast areas of the district.

Dhubri was the worst-affected with 3.98 lakh people affected, followed by Morigaon with 3.14 lakh people.

Incessant rains in the past three days in Terai regions of Nepal coupled with heavy rainfall since Saturday in Seemanchal area have caused floods in Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar districts of Bihar.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and discussed the flood situation in the state where nearly 320 NDRF personnel have been rushed.

"The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Bihar to help the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the flood- affected region of the state," Singh said in a tweet.

Sub-Himalayan districts of West Bengal also received heavy rains causing floods-like situation in the region.

Due to the flood situation in Northeast Frontier Railway jurisdiction, many north Bengal-bound trains originating from Sealdah and Howrah that were delayed, have been terminated at various stations, the Eastern Railway said in a statement.

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