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Heavy rains claim 13 lives in North India

August 04, 2012 20:35 IST

At least 13 people lost their lives as heavy rains swept across the Northern region with many rivers rising above the danger mark and inundating several villages.

Incessant rains claimed 10 lives in parts of Uttarakhand, while 38 people were reported to be missing. The state government has sought the help of the army.

In Himachal Pradesh, one person was killed and several vital bridges and large stretches of roads were washed away in flash floods caused by heavy rains in Kullu district.

Water levels in Chenab, Tawi, Ujh and Basantar rivers in Jammu and Kashmir are nearing the danger mark as the overnight incessant rains lashed wide parts of Kashmir Valley.

Meanwhile, a flash flood alert has been sounded in Jammu region.

In Uttar Pradesh, two children drowned in swollen Ghaghra river in Azamgarh.

Saryu and Ghaghra rivers in the state were maintaining a rising trend. During the last two days, dozens of houses in several villages of Barabanki and Faizabad district have been reported to be washed away.

Continuing heavy rains in the mountains of Uttarakhand and Nepal have flooded the major rivers of Eastern UP -- Ghaghra, Rapti and Saryu -- threatening to submerge hundreds of villages.

However, the national capital remained dry. Maximum temperature was recorded at 34.3 Degree Celsius and minimum was 27.5 Deg C.

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