Heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in many States and triggered landslides in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, resulting in the death of four persons, while seven deaths were reported from flood-hit areas of West Bengal. The Met Department has warned of further heavy rains across the Himalayan foothills with flooding of rivers.Landslides across Himachal Pradesh following torrential rains left several small and big link roads blocked and disrupted traffic on the Hindustan-Tibet road.A worker from Nepal was buried alive at a construction site in Jogindernagar after a landslide which blocked the Mandi- Pathankot National Highway 154. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on both sides of the land fall since Tuesday morning.A two storey building crumbled at Bhawanagar in Kinnaur killing one person on the spot and injuring two others. Villages on the Indo-Tibetan border like Chitkul witnessed unprecedented rainfall resulting in massive losses to the apple crop.The apple season is also at its peak in most parts of Kullu, Mandi and Shimla districts.Relief paid in GujaratThe death toll from the unprecedented rain and floods in Gujarat has climbed to 224 with 61 deaths reported from the worst affected Banaskantha district. The government has so far paid compensation in 116 cases of death. According to the State Relief Commissioner 1,0471 animals have also died.Of the 203 dams and reservoirs in the State, 39 are full while 15 are filled to 90.5% of their capacity and the State has already received more than 70 % of its season’s average rainfall.311 camps in BengalWith seven more deaths, the toll in West Bengal has touched 46, although the flood situation improved with water levels receding as rainfall has stopped.Around 27 lakh people in 14 districts of the State have been affected and around 311 relief camps have been opened, an official said, adding Dhaniakhali of Hooghly district and Ghatal in West Midnapore are the two worst- affected.
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