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30 Dead After Cloudburst in Uttarakhand, Many Areas Flooded

Flooding has been reported in the region after the Alaknanda river rose above the danger mark following 54 mm rainfall.

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Updated:July 2, 2016, 7:27 AM IST
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30 Dead After Cloudburst in Uttarakhand, Many Areas Flooded
Bulldozers remove the debris from the road. (Representative image)

At least 30 people were killed following a cloudburst in Chamoli and Pittoragarh districts of Uttarakhand on Friday even as the home ministry dispatched NDRF teams to take stock of the situation.

Flooding has been reported in many areas of the state after the Alaknanda river rose above the danger level mark after receiving rainfall upto 54 mm in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile people are being being moved out of low-lying areas even as Chief Minister Harish Rawat announced a compensation of 2 lakh rupees for the kin of the deceased.

Large tracts of agriculture fields were destroyed in Suva village of the Dharchula area and three bridges linking the village have been washed away.

The Thal-Munsyari road has been cut-off and dozens of vehicles remained stranded on both sides.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Harish Rawat has said that there are people who are still stuck in Pittoragarh and response teams have been dispatched to rescue them.

We are getting similar information from Chamoli and I am monitoring the situation. We are saddened by the news of the deaths.A compensation of rupees 2 lakh has been announced for the kin of the deceased," Rawat added.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh too has confirmed that NDRF teams have been rushed to the affected areas and additional teams have also been kept on alert.

Santosh Badoni, deputy director, state disaster management centre said that it was getting difficult for the rescue team to communicate with the authorities in Pittoragarh.

"We are getting information that people have gone missing after the cloudburst," Badoni added.

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.

(With Inputs from IANS)

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