Flash floods claim 15 lives in U.P.

June 18, 2013 12:00 am | Updated 06:09 am IST - LUCKNOW:

Flash floods following heavy rains in the last 24 hours have claimed 15 lives in Uttar Pradesh with Saharanpur district bearing the brunt of the deluge. All the casualties have been reported from Saharanpur city and adjoining areas.

Massive rescue and relief operations have been launched in Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor in the west.

Several marooned persons have been airlifted from Saharanpur city. IG (Law and Order) R.K. Vishwakarma said that among the 15 casualties were those killed in incidents of house collapse. About 45 persons were still stranded there, he said. Among those killed in the flash floods was a chief medical officer of Punjab whose car was washed away, he added. The situation was particularly serious in Shakumbhari, bordering Uttarakhand.

The Purkazi-Laksar road in Bijnor district has been closed to traffic as it is five feet under water. Relief operations have also been launched in Bhopa on Muzaffarnagar-Bijnor road and Nakud in Saharanpur. The IG said flood relief companies have been moved to the affected areas from Hapur and Agra.

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