Heavy rain kill at least 6 in India

10:25, July 25, 2010      

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Heavy rain Saturday wreaked havoc in various parts of India, particularly the northern part, killing at least six people, said local officials.

The southwest monsoon was active in Bihar, northern India, where three children drowned in flash flood.

Also it showed fury in Gujarat, Orissa, Haryana, Konkan, Goa and central Maharashtra across the country.

The highway between Bijnor, Delhi and Meerut is submerged under two-and-a-half feet of water, bringing traffic to a halt.

Many rivers across the country breached their banks, including the Malan river which changed its course and flooded the highway.

Incessant rain particularly wreaked havoc in Uttar Pradesh where three more people lost their lives in rain-related incidents.

Rajasthan also witnessed heavy rain as rail and road traffic were affected in the Barmer district.

So much so that the weekly Thar Express was postponed while two local trains were cancelled. The Thar Express runs between India and Pakistan.

Likewise, acres of agricultural land was destroyed due to flood in West Bengal.

According to sources in the state government, food and relief material is being distributed among people in West Bengal. Those below the poverty line have been promised additional financial assistance by the state government.

Things improved in India-controlled Kashmir which was lashed by heavy rain in the last three days.

Local government allowed thousands of stranded pilgrims enroute to holy Amarnath cave shrine to proceed to Lord Shiva temple.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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