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Death toll climbs to 207 as India, Nepal face more floods, landslides

New Delhi, Oct 21 (KUNA) -- Death toll due to devastating floods and landslides in India and neighboring Nepal has touched 207 people as thousands of people are bearing the brunt of latest natural calamity.
Indian Home Minister Amit Shah told media persons in New Delhi after conducting an aerial survey of the affected areas in North Indian state of Uttarakhand that the death toll has climbed to 64 people while 11 people are still missing. The Indian home minister who was accompanied by Chief Minister of the state Pushkar Singh Dhami also said that 17 teams of National Disaster Response Force and 60 teams of State Disaster Response Force are engaged in rescue operation along with 5000 police officers. More than 3500 people were rescued while 16000 people were evacuated to safer places, he said. Chief Minister of South Indian state of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan stated that rain related incidents in the state have claimed 42 lives so far while the life of thousands of people were out of gear.
Several towns, cities and roads were submerged while hundreds of houses and buildings collapsed. Several fresh landslides were reported today from the state amid incessant rains. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry in the Himalayan country of Nepal announced that death toll due to the floods and landslides has climbed to 101 while 41 people were missing. The incessant rains in the hill-locked country have wreaked havoc as massive landslides and floods submerged huge areas. Several buildings and houses were collapsed while the infrastructure underwent massive destruction leading to disruption in water and electricity supply. (end) atk.aa