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Floods, landslides kill over 100 in India, Nepal

Floods, landslides kill over 100 in India, Nepal

DPA
Kathmandu
Floods and landslides caused by late monsoon rains have killed about 100 people in India and Nepal, local authorities said.
Since Monday, there have been at least 48 fatalities in Nepal, police said.
Thirty other people are missing in various other parts of the Himalayan country, according to Nepal police spokesperson Basanta Bahadur Kunwar. 
“The death toll could go up as search-and-rescue teams continue their work,” Kunwar told dpa on Wednesday.
Dozens of people have been injured, Kunwar said.  Among the worst-affected areas are the eastern and western belt of Nepal near the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
At least 46 people died in Uttarakhand, according to the Times of India. State Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, cited by broadcaster NDTV, said 34 people had died and five were missing.
“My condolences to the Uttarakhand flood victims,” opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter. “The situation is still serious. Do follow the safety norms.”
Nepalese authorities have forecast more rainfall this week and issued flood alerts for some settlements near big rivers.  
The rains have severely damaged roads, bridges and infrastructure projects, according to Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs. Kunwar said that they are yet to ascertain the exact number of displaced households and the amount of property damaged. 
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 crore for Uttarakhand which has been badly hit by rains. Khattar spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami over the phone and assured him of all possible help from the state.
He said that the entire Haryana stands with the people of Uttarakhand in this difficult hour.
Apart from financial assistance, relief material including tents, ration kits, clothes and medicines will also be sent by the Haryana government.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also had a telephonic conversation with his counterpart Pushkar Singh Dhami and assured him of all possible help from the state.
Thakur expressed heartfelt condolences to the family members of the deceased and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls.

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