Death toll from India and Nepal floods passes 100: Devastating landslides sweep away homes

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More than 100 people have died in several days of devastating floods that have sparked landslides, sweeping away homes and roads in India and Nepal.

In Uttarakhand, 46 people were reported dead and another 11 missing today, including a family of five whose house was buried in a colossal wave of mud and rocks. 

Dramatic footage showed a digger hauling a car with people inside out of a fast-flowing flood stream which had torn across the road. 

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In neighbouring Nepal, 31 people have been killed in the landslides, which experts say are more common because climate change is melting glaciers in the Himalayas.

A thousand miles south in the Indian state of Kerala, there have been at least 39 killed and dams have been forced to open their shutters as the water rises to the danger mark.

Experts say that intense deforestation for the construction of hydroelectric dams in the region has made the rainfall more dangerous than ever. 

Dramatic footage shows a digger being used to rescue people from a car stranded in a flood stream in Uttarakhand. At least 46 people have died in the northern state, another 11 are missing

Dramatic footage shows a digger being used to rescue people from a car stranded in a flood stream in Uttarakhand. At least 46 people have died in the northern state, another 11 are missing

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Soldiers rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand state on Tuesday

Soldiers rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand state on Tuesday

Indian people pray at the local church for the landslide victims after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala, India

Indian people pray at the local church for the landslide victims after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala, India

Bride and groom float to a temple in a cooking vessel on a flooded road for their wedding ceremony in this screengrab taken from video, in Alappuzha, Kerala

Bride and groom float to a temple in a cooking vessel on a flooded road for their wedding ceremony in this screengrab taken from video, in Alappuzha, Kerala

Soldiers rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand state

Soldiers rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand state

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An under construction bridge is seen collapsed on a river along a national highway between Pithoragarh-Champawat, in Chalthi, Uttarakhand on Tuesday

An under construction bridge is seen collapsed on a river along a national highway between Pithoragarh-Champawat, in Chalthi, Uttarakhand on Tuesday 

The Cheruthoni Dam with its shutters open after water levels reached a height 2395 ft. following torrential rains in south India state of Kerala, in Idukki on Tuesday

The Cheruthoni Dam with its shutters open after water levels reached a height 2395 ft. following torrential rains in south India state of Kerala, in Idukki on Tuesday

In Uttarakhand, a landslide in the northern Almora district killed five people after a wall of mud demolished and engulfed their home.

At least six others were killed on Monday in two remote districts of the Himalayan state.

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The Indian Meteorological Department extended and widened its weather alert on Tuesday, predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region.

The weather office said several areas were drenched by more than 16 inches of rainfall on Monday, causing landslides and flooding.

Authorities ordered the closure of schools and banned all religious and tourist activities in the state.

Television footage and social media videos showed residents wading through knee-deep water near Nainital lake, a tourist hotspot, and the Ganges bursting its banks in Rishikesh.

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A statue of Hindu god Lord Shiva is pictured amid the risen water levels of River Ganga after incessant rains in Rishikesh in India's Uttarakhand state on Tuesday

A statue of Hindu god Lord Shiva is pictured amid the risen water levels of River Ganga after incessant rains in Rishikesh in India’s Uttarakhand state on Tuesday

Submerged cars are seen at a flooded hotel resort as extreme rainfall caused the Kosi River overflow at the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday

Submerged cars are seen at a flooded hotel resort as extreme rainfall caused the Kosi River overflow at the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday

Hotel guests stand on the roof of Lemon Tree hotel, as the hotel gets flooded with the waters from an overflowing Kosi River in Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand state

Hotel guests stand on the roof of Lemon Tree hotel, as the hotel gets flooded with the waters from an overflowing Kosi River in Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand state

Indian people clear mud and sludge from their house at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

Indian people clear mud and sludge from their house at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

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A general view of a river after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

A general view of a river after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

An Indian man clears the sludge at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

An Indian man clears the sludge at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

Rescue work underway after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala, India

Rescue work underway after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala, India

A damaged car is seen at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

A damaged car is seen at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

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A damaged house is seen after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

A damaged house is seen after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

A car passes a damaged road near a river at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

A car passes a damaged road near a river at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

More than 100 tourists were stuck inside a resort in Ramgarh after the overflowing Kosi river deluged several areas. 

In Nepal, disasters management division official Humkala Pandey said: ‘In the last three days, there have been 31 deaths from floods and landslides triggered by heavy post-monsoon rainfalls across the country. Forty-three people are missing.’

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He added: ‘It’s still raining in many places. We are still compiling data from the field. The death toll could go up further.’

Landslides are a regular danger in the Himalayan region, but experts say they are becoming more common as rains become increasingly erratic and glaciers melt.

Experts also blame construction work on hydroelectric dams and deforestation.

An Indian man clears the mud from his house at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

An Indian man clears the mud from his house at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

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A car passes a damaged road near a river at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

A car passes a damaged road near a river at Manimala after the heavy rain and landslide at Kottayam Kerala

Indian men stand near the flooded river after the heavy rain and landslide at Manimala, Kottayam Kerala

Indian men stand near the flooded river after the heavy rain and landslide at Manimala, Kottayam Kerala

The Cheruthoni Dam in Kerala opens its shutters to let water through after torrential rains brought the level dangerously high

The Cheruthoni Dam in Kerala opens its shutters to let water through after torrential rains brought the level dangerously high

In February, a ferocious flash flood hurtled down a remote valley in Uttarakhand, killing around 200 people. At least 5,700 people perished there in 2013.

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Forecasters have also warned of more downpours in the coming days in Kerala.

Many dams in the state were nearing the danger mark and authorities were evacuating thousands to safer locations as major rivers overflowed.

India’s weather office said heavy rains will again lash the state in the next two days after a brief reprieve on Tuesday.

In 2018, almost 500 people died in the coastal state in the worst flooding in a century.

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