Cloudburst kills four, wreaks havoc in Chamoli & Tehri

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Cloudburst kills four, wreaks havoc in Chamoli & Tehri

Saturday, 10 August 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

Two women and two children were killed, several cattle died, 18 homes were completely damaged and two bridges were severely damaged due to cloudburst and heavy rain in Chamoli and Tehri districts late on Thursday night and in the wee hours on Friday.

A cloudburst was reported in Faldiya village of Tharali Tehsil in the Chamoli district at 10:45 PM on Thursday. According to information provided by the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), 29 year old Pushpa Devi and her seven-year old daughter Jyoti are missing since then and are feared dead. A dozen homes were completely damaged, two homes were partially damaged and 10 cattle sheds were destroyed leading to the deaths of 24 cattle and 24 hens. At 12 AM on Friday, heavy rain in Maithana, Tendakhansal, Gudsala and Sakot villages resulted in six homes being completely damaged, seven cattle missing, one motor bridge and one pedestrian bridge being completely damaged. Apart from this, 13 rural motor roads are blocked in Chamoli district.

In the Tehri district at about 1:30 AM on Friday, a cloudburst caused the collapse of a home at Tharti village in Ghansali.  The house collapse killed 30 year old Makani Devi and her six year old son Surjit Singh while his 12 year old sister Sapna was injured. At the same time in the Kirtinagar area, two cattle sheds were completely damaged which led to two mules and 54 hens being swept away while one mule was injured. About 10 rural motor roads are blocked in Tehri district.

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed deep grief at the deaths and damage caused by the inclement weather in Chamoli and Tehri districts. He has directed the district magistrates to observe necessary precautions in view of incidents of heavy rain in the districts. All the district magistrates have also been directed to identify the vulnerable sites while also keeping the disaster management machinery active. By minimising the response time, the district magistrates should ensure immediate relief and rescue in disaster scenarios, the chief minister directed.

Meanwhile, a number of roads remained blocked across the state. In the Rudraprayag district, the Rishikesh-Kedarnath national highway 107 was blocked by debris at Banswada. A tota of 31 rural motor roads are blocked in the district. Seven rural motor roads in Dehradun district, 13 in Pauri district, four in Uttarkashi, eight in Bageshwar, two in Champawat and eight in Pithoragarh are also reported to be blocked. Efforts are underway to reopen these roads for traffic.

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