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After months of rain from July to September, when dry weather finally began to show up, people in the hill state of Uttarakhand assumed that the monsoon had receded. There was even an official announcement of the departure of 117 active monsoon days.

However, in the second week of October, they started getting text messages from the local regional office of the India Meteorological Department, raising an alarm about adverse weather conditions.

Heavy downpour then started from October 17 and gained impetus by October 18. Roads in several regions of the state were blocked and news of deaths owing to heavy rains in the state made headlines by the evening of October 18.

Loss of lives

Uttarakhand, in recent days, has reported a loss of 79 lives so far because of the extreme rains, besides severe damage to the standing crops and cattle. Many claim that the warning issued by the India Meteorological Department was not taken seriously as there were continuous sunny days.

The rains hit hard in districts like Nainital, Almora, Pithoragarh and Champawat. Small canals started overflowing and water flowed down with loads of debris and broken rocks. Several of the houses were seen flowing with the flooded waters or getting crushed.

Affected families started moving to safer places in…

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