At least 12 people killed in cloudburst in Uttrakhand

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At least 12 people were killed due to cloudburst triggered by heavy rains on July 1 in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand.

Chamoli district is said to be the most affected area from the cloudburst after the river Alaknanda crossed the danger mark. Two houses along the river got washed away where as others are still in danger. Continuous rain since the night of June 30 resulted in the occurrence of cloudburst in Pithoragarh and landslides at several places across the hilly state swamped the entire region.

Due to heavy landslides and water overflow in Devprayag, NH-58 has been blocked till the situation comes under control. More than 54 mm of rain has been recorded in the area according to the weather officials.

Moreover, weather officials have made the prediction that heavy rain could continue for almost next two days.

“More rains mean more devastation though disaster management officials are on standby,” a weather official said.

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

Disasters like cloudburst and landslides are common in Uttrakhand. In June 2013 a multi-day cloudburst caused several landslides and floods which also brought devastation claiming over 5,700 lives making it the country’s worst natural disaster.