At least 46 killed in floods in Himalayan state

At least 46 killed in floods in Himalayan state
# 20 October 2021 10:21 (UTC +04:00)

At least 46 people have died in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, APA reports citing BBC.

Images and videos from the state show flooded roads, submerged homes and fallen bridges.

Experts say the Himalayan state, a popular tourist spot, is seeing the effects of both climate change and rampant construction.

Floods have also ravaged the southern state of Kerala, where at least 26 people have died in recent days.

Both states have recorded excessive rainfall this year, according to data from India's weather department. Kerala, for instance, recorded 453.5mm rainfall as opposed to the 192.7mm that is considered normal during this time of the year.

Uttarakhand, which normally sees up to 30.5mm rainfall in October, recorded 122.4mm in the last 24 hours alone. But weather officials have said there is likely to be a "significant reduction in rainfall" from Tuesday.

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