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Cloudburst in Uttarakhand

At least 30 killed in Chamoli, Pithoragarh districts; NDRF teams rushed

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 1 2016 3:59PM | Updated Date: Jul 1 2016 3:59PM

Cloudburst in Uttarakhand

 Heavy rains have continued to pound the hilly areas of Uttarakhand on Friday. Officials said a cloud burst in Pithoragarh inundated the entire region, causing life hazard.

 

The calamity claims life of at least 30 people. Two houses in the ghat area of Chamoli district were washed away in River Mandakini, while other houses are in danger.

 

Expressing grief over the loss of lives in torrential rains in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat today announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each to families of the victims.

 

Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh tweeted, “NDRF teams are rushed to the areas affected by could burst in Uttarakhand. Additional teams of NDRF are also put on alert.”

 

Large tracts of agriculture fields were destroyed in Suva village of the Dharchula area and three bridges linking the village have been washed away. Following the flash flood, the water level rose in Nandaprayag area.

 

Over 54 mm rain was recorded in Dehradun in the last 24-hours. The Thal-Munsyari road has been cut-off and dozens of vehicles remained stranded on both sides.

 

The Yamunotri highway, near Kharadi, has also been damaged leading to traffic being halted. Entry of heavy vehicles was halted on the Kedarnath highway after a landslide at Gangolgaon.