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Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Nainital

17 people were killed due to the flashflooding.

According to the recent news reports, the famous tourist destination of Nainital was flooding yesterday due to heavy rainfall. Nainital is situated in the state of Uttarakhand and is popular for its Naina Devi Temple which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. All transportation was halted due to heavy landslides that blocked all three major roads leading to Nainital.

The constant rainfall and the cloudburst caused heavy flooding in the area which has resulted in the deaths of at least 17 people reported so far. Today, the rainfall continued in the Kumaon district of Uttarakhand which caused damage to many houses built near the river banks. Nainital just opened up recently to welcome tourists who visit Nainital and the major temples in the area as part of their pilgrimage.

Since last week, many areas in India have been severely affected due to heavy rainfall. The state of Kerala also saw heavy flooding and caused major landslides that killed many people and many others are missing. This has resulted in the disruption of all tourist activities in the state of Kerala and Uttarakhand.

Another state of Himachal Pradesh is also issuing warnings of bad weather in the coming days which can result in another phase of landslides. Several weeks ago, flash floods and landslides hit many parts of Himachal Pradesh. Tourists are advised not to travel during rainy weather.

These rainfalls are just the last phase of the monsoons after which the winter season is expected to bring much better weather for traveling and tourist activities. However, until that time, tourists should avoid traveling to avoid any disaster.

Several videos show the devastating impact of the floods on the daily lives of the people. Following is one of the videos from ‘Republic World’ showing the devastation caused by the floodwaters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-qHtShNuwU

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