Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Tuesday 15 June |
Saint of the Day: St. Vitus and Companions
home iconNews
line break icon

60 Feared Dead in India from Monsoon

UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Aleteia - published on 06/20/13 - updated on 06/07/17

Military helicopters have been called in to save people stranded after roads have been washed away

Military helicopters have been called in to try to rescue marooned residents and pilgrims after homes and roads were washed away in northern India.

Torrential rains have triggered flash floods and landslides, leaving at least 60 people feared dead and thousands stranded after the monsoon covered the country ahead of schedule, officials say.

Authorities have called in military helicopters to try to rescue marooned residents and pilgrims after homes and roads were washed away in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

"We are unable to confirm the number of deaths since most of the communication lines have broken down across the state," Yashpal Arya, the minister for disaster and relief in Uttarakhand, said on Tuesday.

"But at least 60 people are feared dead and nearly 50,000 are stranded," he told AFP.

River water levels are continuing to rise across the state, clogging roads and leaving hundreds of pilgrims stranded on their way to visit Hindu shrines, officials said.

Television footage showed bridges, houses and other buildings crashing down and being washed away by the swirling waters.

A swollen river is seen engulfing a giant statue of Lord Shiva in the tourist city of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.

Fresh rains in Uttarakhand were hampering rescue efforts, with teams from the national disaster management authority camping in the popular pilgrimage town of Haridwar awaiting air lift to the worst-affected districts.

The state government was also readying food parcels and drinking water to be dropped by helicopters to remote villages cut off by the torrential rains. 

Published by UCANews on June 18th, 2013.

Tags:
India
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Philip Kosloski
Miracle prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
2
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
3
HOMILY
Magnús Sannleikur
5-year-old boy interrupts homily and asks for prayers for his int...
4
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
5
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
6
SACRED HEART
Philip Kosloski
5 Things to know about the Sacred Heart feast
7
Revista Misión
Interview: The husband of Chiara Corbella on his wife’s sac...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.