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42 die in flash floods, landslides in U'khand; Nainital worst hit
Most of the deaths were reported from Kumaon region where cloudbursts led to flash floods and landslides. Nainital, a tourist destination, was cut off from the rest of Uttarakhand. NDRF teams joined the relief operations. Three IAF choppers were also deployed. Rs 4 lakh relief for victims' kin was announced. Assam, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are also experiencing very heavy rainfall.

DEHRADUN, Oct 19: Forty two people lost their life and several others are missing in Uttarakhand due to heavy rains on Tuesday. Most of the casualties occurred in Kumaon region where cloudbursts led to flash floods and landslides. Nainital was cut off from the rest of Uttarakhand. In UP, four people died in rain-related mishaps. The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall in West Bengal and Odisha over the next two days.

A great tourist centre, Nainital was worst affected with 28 deaths, Almora and Champawat reported six each and one each occurred in Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar districts. The Government has announced Rs 4 lakh each relief to the next of kin of those died.

NDRF teams joined the relief and rescue work. Three IAF choppers were also deployed for rescue operations. All roads to Nainital were blocked by landslides. Electricity and Internet connections were also affected in the whole of Kumaon region.

Rail tracks were damaged in Kathgodam, Lalkuan and Rudrapur. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Tuesday.

Assam, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are also experiencing very heavy rainfall.

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