| 28 September 2022, Wednesday |

Flood deaths in India and Nepal cross 150

India officials said on Thursday that death toll have reached 150 people as a result of the flooding across India and Nepal, as unseasonably heavy rains across the region led to flash floods in several areas, stranding residents and devastating homes and infrastructure.

SA Murugesan, secretary of the state’s disaster management department told Reuters that the north Indian state of Uttarakhand has been especially badly-hit, with 48 confirmed deaths.

In Nainital, a popular tourist destination in the Himalayan state, the town’s main lake broke its banks, submerging the main thoroughfare and damaging bridges and rail tracks. And rescuers from India’s paramilitary National Disaster Response Force were evacuating residents from communities hit by landslides.

India’s federal interior minister Amit Shah is set to survey affected areas on Thursday.

According to a statement from the chief minister’s office, some 42 people have died in the last week in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

In neighboring Nepal, at least 77 people have died.

  • Reuters