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13 die as rain lashes UP, Punjab
June 30, 2008 15:24 IST
Thirteen people, four of them siblings, were killed in incessant rains that lashed vast areas of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab triggering house collapses and inundating low-lying areas.
Major rivers, including Ganga, Gomti, Rapti and Ramganga, were also rising menacingly in Uttar Pradesh due to heavy rains, officials in Lucknow said.
Two persons each were killed in Santkabir Nagar, Mau and Ballia and one each in Gorkahpur and Azamgarh districts in Uttar Pradesh in incidents of house collapse.
The Central Water Board said major rivers were rising in the state, but none of them had yet crossed the red mark.
In Punjab, the roof of a house gave way in Kotkapura town in Faridkot district killing four siblings aged between eight and 16.
All the four used to live with their parents in a single room accommodation in Kishan Nagar locality, police said.
In Chandigarh, a two-year-old boy drowned in a rain-fed rivulet in Vikas Nagar.
Heavy downpours inundated low-lying areas causing traffic snarl-ups at many places in the two states.