Cloudburst kills 14 in Uttarakhand

Nearly 14 people died in a cloudburst in Chamoli and Pittoragarh districts of Uttarakhand on Friday. Cloudburst inundated the entire region. Some bodies have been recovered so far but mostly buried in the debris. Reportedly, heavy rains continued to pound the hilly region in the last 24 hours.

The Thal-Munsyari road has been cut-off and dozens of vehicles remained stranded on both sides. 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. 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. – News18 reported.

Meanwhile, people are being being moved out of low-lying areas. Entry of heavy vehicles was halted on the Kedarnath highway after a landslide at Gangolgaon. The Yamunotri highway, near Kharadi, has also been damaged leading to traffic being halted.

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