U'khand cloudburst: 3 more bodies found

U'khand cloudburst: 3 more bodies found

Monsoon havoc: Death toll rises to 15; 21 missing from two districts

U'khand cloudburst: 3 more bodies found

Three more bodies were recovered on Saturday in Pithoragarh from under tonnes of debris left because of the cloudburst that hit the area on Friday.

The toll in rain-related incidents in the state rose to 15.
“While nine bodies were recovered from Pithoragarh district late last night (Friday), three more were pulled out from the debris this morning (Saturday),” Additional Secretary Disaster Management C Ravishankar said.

A total of 12 people died in Pithoragarh district in the early hours on Friday as it was hit by six cloudbursts and three died in Chamoli after torrential rains on Thursday evening triggered flashfloods, he said.

Nine people died in Bastadi, two in Naulada and one in Charma village of Pithoragarh while three died in Chamoli’s Sirji (2) and Vaduk (1) villages, he said. Twenty one people are still missing from affected villages in the two districts (15 in Pithoragarh and six in Chamoli) and personnel of the NDRF, SDRF, ITBP, SSB are searching for them despite bad weather and unavailability of approach roads.

Rescue operations on Saturday were constantly disrupted by intermittent rains in affected areas, he added.

Four houses have been fully damaged in Pithoragarh district and 12 partially whereas rubble falling from hillsides has blocked the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway besides 33 other rural motor roads in Chamoli district, said Secretary Disaster Management Shjailesh Bagoli. 160 families have been affected by rain-related incidents out of which 75 members have been kept in relief camps in Basatadi and Naulada villages. A total of 13 people sustained injuries in the incidents out of which three said to be serious have been brought to Pithoragarh district hospital for treatment, he said.

In its forecast for the next 48 hours, the MeT department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in Nainital, Udhamsingh Nagar, Champavat, Almora, Pauri, Haridwar, Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh.

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