28 killed as rains pound north India

SHIMLA/LUCKNOW: At least 18 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh while nine died in Uttar Pradesh as heavy rains pounded several parts of north India triggering landslides in hill states and many rivers flowing above the danger mark.

            A four-year-old girl died at Roorkee in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district after falling in an irrigation canal which was at spate following rains, while a woman was injured when the thatched roof of a house collapsed.

            The weather department has warned of heavy to very heavy showers in at least eight districts of the state till tomorrow and asked tourists visiting the hilly areas and people living in the low-lying areas to remain alert.

            The State Emergency Operations Centre has issued instructions to the district magistrates to maintain vigil as there is possibility of cloudbursts.

            In Himachal Pradesh, incessant rains since yesterday triggered landslides at several places, closing roads and forcing authorities to advise tourists to reschedule their visit to the state.

            Six national highways were among 923 roads closed due to landslides during heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh since yesterday, a State Government official said. (AGENCIES)