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Rains become bane of Uttarakhand people

SMA Kazmi
Tribune News Service, September 20, 2010

Uttarakhand being a Himalayan state is prone to natural disasters but the unprecedented ongoing rains this year have proved to be a bane of citizens. Already more than 100 persons have died in rain-related incidents across the state. Life has become a misery for the people particularly those living in remote hilly and mountainous areas.

Most of the roads have been damaged, power and water lines disrupted and a large number of houses collapsed as a result of the incessant rains that continue to lash the state since June this year. Already, the 40-year-old record of nearly 3,000 mm of rainfall in Dehradun valley has been broken. There is no respite from the rains as weathermen contend that there are no signs of monsoon retreating till the end of the month. The latest spell of rains from September 18 has added to the agony of the people. [more]