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Over 30 killed, several others injured in Uttarakhand

02 Jul 2016 | By Ramya

Landslides and torrential rains triggered by cloudbursts in Uttarakhand's Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts claimed the lives of over 30 while dozens were injured.

Several villages were buried in sludge and residents are trapped under the debris; over 25 were reported missing.

Alaknanda river is reportedly flowing above the danger levels because of the cloudburst.

Authorities said that the death toll could rise further.

In context: Rain fury continues to lash Uttarakhand

29 Jun 2016Met department warns of heavy rains in Uttarakhand

Dehradun's Meteorological Department warned of torrential rains in Uttarakhand starting Friday in isolated places especially in Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital, Almora, Dehradun, Pauri, Uttarkashi, and Champawat for over 72 hours.

The department said that light to moderate rains would likely occur in most places.

Uttarakhand was receiving monsoon rains since the last few days; several roads were blocked due to landslides and heavy rains.

Pithoragarh, Chamoli12 killed due to heavy rains

According to official records, eight people were killed in Pithoragarh district.

The cloudburst brought a rainfall of over 100 mm in two hours in Pithoragarh's Singhali region; houses in over seven villages were flattened.

Torrential rains claimed the lives of four in Chamoli district; two people in Siron village, one in Ghat and another in Sithel village were swept away by water and debris.

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Several people trapped under debris

Rescue TeamsSeveral people trapped under debris

Disaster Management officials stated that due to the cloudburst that occurred in Patthakot, Singhali, Thal and Ogla villages, many people are trapped under heavy debris.

Santosh Badoni, Deputy Director-State Disaster Management Centre, said it was gradually getting difficult for the rescuers to reach Pithoragarh or communicate with the authorities there.

However, officials said they were trying their best to locate and rescue the people.

CompensationUttarakhand CM announces Rs.2 lakh compensation

Harish Rawat, Uttarakhand Chief Minister, grieved the loss of lives and announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh each immediately to the families of the deceased.

Rawat told the media that several people were still trapped under debris; SRDF, ITBP, and paramilitary forces are being sent for rescue operations.

Rawat, who was in Delhi, said that he was personally monitoring the developments from there.

02 Jul 2016Over 30 killed, several others injured in Uttarakhand

PM Modi grieved by the loss of lives

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "I am grieved by the loss of lives caused due to cloudburst heavy rain in parts of Uttarakhand. Condolences to bereaved families. My prayers are with those injured. I hope normalcy returns to the rain-affected areas at the earliest."
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Highways DamagedTraffic on Yamunotri and Kedarnath Highways halted

Traffic on the Yamunotri Highway was halted due to damages while heavy vehicles on the Kedarnath Highway were halted after a landslide in Gangolgaon.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that NDRF teams were rushed to affected places, and additional rescue teams were deployed.

The Border Road Organisation stated they were trying to clear highways and roads as several Char Dham Yatra pilgrims have been stranded.

03 Jul 2016Cloudburst toll hits 15

The death toll from the cloudburst in Uttarakhand rose to 15 after 3 more bodies were recovered from under tonnes of debris in Pithoragarh.

9 bodies were recovered from Pithoragharh last night, while three others were recovered from Chamoli.

Officials said that at least 6 others were trapped under debris in Chamoli and that their chances of survival were slim at best.

04 Jul 2016Uttarakhand toll rises to 18

Three more bodies were recovered from beneath debris from Pitoragarh, taking the death toll from the incident to 18.

Sources said that the army is conducting search operations for at least 18 others who are still missing after the heavy rains and landslides.

Officials from the National and State Disaster Response Forces as well as the Indo-Tibetan Border Police are also conducting operations.