Uttarakhand cloudburst: At least 30 feared dead, over 200 families affected

Uttarakhand cloudburst: So far, at least 29 people have died and over 15 are missing after cloudbursts and landslides triggered by heavy rain in the state.

Uttarakhand cloud burst
The number of recovered bodies swept away by flash floods in Chamoli continues to be 3 and the total fatalities from both districts located far apart from each other currently is 20. (PTI)

The death toll following cloudbursts in Pithoragarh and Chamoli districts rose to 12 on Saturday morning, while 18 persons are still missing. Heavy rain warning has been issued by weather department in Uttarakhand. So far, at least 12 people have died and over 18 are missing after cloudbursts and landslides triggered by heavy rain in the state. The cloudbursts revealed loopholes in the state government’s preparednees to deal with such situations with Chief Minister Harish Rawat telling a private news channel on Friday that due to poor connectivity it took him four hours to establish telephonic contact with Pithoragarh District Magistrate. “Now we know what we need to do for better connectivity in disaster prone areas of the state,” he said.

Uttarakhand cloudburst crisis: Here is a timeline of events that happened today

3.00 pm: At least 30 feared dead; toll expected to climb up

2.19 pm: Uttarakhand may see isolated, heavy to very heavy rain in the next couple of days

1.41 pm: Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to heavy rains & landslides in Uttarakhand. My heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families: Ram Vilas Paswan

1.40 pm: 108 personnel continue rescue operations.

1.39 pm: Cloudburst in 2 districts of Uttarakhand, Chamoli and Pithoragarh worst hit

1.15 pm: The teams of SDRF, NDRF, Police, ITBP, BSF and army local unit are working in co-ordination to rescue the people

1.02 pm: 200 families have been affected due to the cloudbursts

1.00 pm: “We have recovered one more dead body and the numbers of deceased has mounted to nine in Pithoragarh district, as per the reports that we have got in the morning,” Santosh Badoni, the deputy Director of State Disaster Management Centre told ANI.

12.50 pm: Heavy rain warning issued by weather department in Uttarakhand. Schools in all 13 districts of the state to remain closed today

12.35 pm: More than 100 mm rains were recorded in just two hours, leading to flooding of most of the rivers in the hill state, officials told news agency IANS

12: 20 pm: Gangotri Dham Yatra temporarily halted due to flooding at the highway after heavy rainfall in the region.

12:15 pm: State Disaster Response Force conduct rescue operations in blocked areas from Chamoli to Mathana.

12.00 pm: Army column of Assam Regt troops come to the rescue of villagers in Pithoragarh on the Uttarakhand rain and cloud burst.

10:45 am: Car falls into a gorge in Pauri in Uttarakhand, two dead and 4 injured. Injured have been taken to the hospital for medical assistance.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday asked the Uttarakhand government to provide swift assistance for rescue and rehabilitation in the wake of
cloudburst at Chamoli and Pithoragarh causing “extensive” loss of life and property. Expressing concern over the damage caused, she said it is
a matter of sorrow that the flash floods have killed and grievously hurt many people. “Many people are missing is also news of serious
disappointment. The relatives of those missing should not lose hope and we firmly stand by the people of the affected areas,” she said.

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