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Uttarakhand Cloudburst leaves 3 dead and over 9 persons missing

Cloudburst in Taga village of Munsiyari and Gela village of Bangapani in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand left 3 dead and reportedly 9 people missing.

Cloudburst and heavy rainfall in two villages of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district left 3 dead and multiple injured on Monday morning. At least 9 people have been reported missing. 

The incident occurred on the Madkhot area’s Tanga village on Sunday night and so far two bodies have been rescued. On July 19, a portion of a bridge collapsed at Uttarakhand’s Madkhot on the Pithoragarh-Munsyari road following incessant rainfall in the region.

The intense cloud burst wreaked havoc on the locals as five houses were damaged and livestock washed away in Munsyari’s Chhoribagar village in Uttarakhand. Heavy rains poured throughout Saturday night and the Gori river overflowed resulting in loss of lives. 

According to reports by ANI, the cloudburst caused damage to crops, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Rudraprayag, Navneet Bhullar said as debris entered at various places in the village. Roads were also blocked after heavy rainfall.

“Locals have engaged themselves in the rescue operation and searching the missing persons under the debris. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) along with other teams are conducting rescue operations here,” said Heera Singh, a local.

Meanwhile, a rescue team has already reached the two villages. The rescue operation for all missing persons is underway.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has instructed District Magistrate, Pithoragarh to provide relief amount to the affected.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday predicted fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Uttarakhand and other northern states during the next three days.

More details about the cloudburst situation in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh is awaited.

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