Rains kill 19 more in North, East India

Incessant rains continued its killing spree in north and eastern India claiming 19 more lives on Tuesday, even as flood threat looms large over the national capital with the rising water level in Yamuna.
Six people died in Uttar Pradesh, five in Meghalaya and four each in West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh.
Rains claimed 23 people so far this season in UP where major rivers Ganga, Sharda, Ghagra, Rapti, Rohini and Gandak are on the rise and have flooded many villages in the state.
Ganga is flowing over danger level in Ghazipur and Ballia, Ghagra is above the red mark at Barabanki and Ayodhya, while Sharda is above the danger mark in Lakhimpur.
While Kalagarh in Bijnore recorded 340.8 mm rainfall, followed by Baghpat at 125 mm and Moradabad 87.4 mm.
Incessant rains in parts of West Bengal claimed four more lives, even as major rivers continued to flow above the red mark, affecting a population of 26 lakh in 14 districts.
Two deaths each were reported from West Midnapore and Burdwan districts, taking the toll to 27 so far in the state.
Breaches were reported in embankments of Chandia, New Cossy, Keleghai and Rupnarayan rivers in East Midnapore district.
At least five people were killed as heavy rainfall wrecked havoc in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, triggering landslides, uprooting trees and electricity polls and inundating several areas in the Garo hills district.
The five were buried alive as their houses collapsed due to landslides.
In a similar incident in Himachal Pradesh, four persons were buried alive in a house collapse at Shillai area, even as incessant downpours continued to lash the hill state.
Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur was wettest in the state with 162 mm rains, followed by Arki (160 mm) and Renuka (94 mm).