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8 killed as heavy rain continues in north India

NEW DELHI: Eight persons were killed as heavy rain continued to lash north India on Sunday. Uttarakhand bore the brunt, as it rained 48 hours, a record for 44 years, throwing life out of gear, washing away several important roads and affecting traffic.

While the incessant rain claimed six lives in Uttarakhand, two died in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where major rivers kept swelling, creating a flood-like situation in various districts, official sources said.

The rain, which began to lash Dehra Dun on Friday morning, submerged houses and left the streets waterlogged before ceasing on Sunday.

A vital stretch of the Raipur-Chamba road was washed away in the floods in the Song river in Dehra Dun. HESCO Gaon, a model village at Shuklapur, was badly affected by the floodwaters of the Asan river.

Authorities have issued an alert in the border districts of Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh after the Ganga crossed the danger level in Haridwar on Saturday, inundating many villages and destroying crops.

However, officials in Dehra Dun said the water in major rivers, including the Ganga, started receding.

The flow of traffic to the Chardham tourist circuit comprising the Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines was affected by landslips at a number of places, the officials said.

Heavy rain lashed New Delhi for the second consecutive day, bringing the temperature down. The rain lashed parts of Rajasthan too. Chittorgarh received the maximum of 128 mm, followed by Churu with 69 mm. — PTI

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