Uttarakhand Cloud Burst: 34 dead, many still feared to be trapped in debris

Dehradun: On Saturday, the police pulled out around 14 bodies from the debris in villages which were buried soon after cloudburst in Uttarakhand, as confirmed by the police.

The police officials said that as many as 34 are feared dead in the incident which took place in six villages of Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts on Friday. Maximum damage was noticed in Basted village where around 30 are still feared to be trapped in the debris.

The cloud burst and heavy rainfall led to the destruction of 60 houses. Also 200 cattle have died in these villages.

The MeT officials said that more than 100 mm rains were recorded in just two hours which led to flooding of most of the rivers in the state. Also, a senior official of the disaster management team said that the rescue teams could not carry out the operations due to heavy rainfall.

Reports are that the teams of State Disaster Response Force, paramilitary forces and Army rescue teams were stranded on the way to the disturbed weather. Also, the means of communication have also collapsed.