Incessant heavy rain in Uttarakhand claimed at least three lives as rain water damaged or flooded hundreds of houses in Dehra Dun, Haridwar and Kashipur over the past 24 hours.

A large number of roads, including those leading to the higher Himalayan shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath, were blocked due to massive landslides triggered by the rain.

While a four-year-old girl was washed away in an overflowing river in Kotdwar, a man died in Vikasnagar.

A woman was killed when her hut collapsed after heavy rain in Roorkee on Saturday.

Advisory to people

The authorities have advised people not to undertake hill tours for the next few days to avoid getting stuck due to landslides.

The Ganga is flowing 50 cm above the danger mark in Haridwar and people living in the low-lying areas have been asked to remain vigilant and move to safer areas, officials said.

Dehra Dun received 364 mm followed by Kashipur 245 mm over the past 24 hours. Excess rain has been recorded in Bageshwar, Chamoli, Champawat, Haridwar and Naini Tal since June 1 while other districts have received normal rainfall, Anand Sharma, Director, State Meteorological Centre here, said.

Heavy rain might continue to lash the State over the next 24 hours, he added.