Cloudburst in Uttarakhand kills 30 people; PM Modi offers condolences

30 people were killed, following a cloudburst in Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand on Friday. Houses in Gopeshwar, along the banks of the river MandakiniCloudburst in Uttarakhand kills 30 people; PM Modi offers condolenceswere washed away, as the state continued to witness heavy rainfall, reports The Indian Express.

The cloudburst in Pithorgarh district on early Friday morning brought over 100 mm rains in two hours in aregion of 50 sq km, flattening homes in over seven villages, according to officials

All major rivers in the state have swollen after receiving 54 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, reports International Business Times.

The Thal-Munsyari road was cut-off, leaving a number of vehicles stranded. The Yamunotri highway, near Kharadi too was left damaged, due to the torrential rains, causing the traffic to come to a halt, according to Hindustan Times.

The Met department has issued a warning of heavy rainfall in pockets of Uttarakhand, especially in  Nainital, Udhamsingh Nagar and Champawat districts over the next 72 hours, as reported by International Business Times.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who is is Delhi at the moment, expressed grief at the loss of lives and announced a compensation of Rs two lakh each to the families of the victims.

"Many people are still trapped under tonnes of debris brought by the heavy rains. ITBP, SDRF and paramilitary personnel are involved in rescue work," he said.

Centre rushed rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force to the disaster hit areas of Uttarakhand
hill state to provide all necessary help.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Harish Rawat on phone and took stock of the situation.

Singh assured Rawat of all possible assistance to deal with the situation.

"NDRF teams have been rushed to the areas affected by cloudburst in Uttarakhand. Additional teams of NDRF are also put on alert," Singh said.

The Home Minister also expressed his deep pain at loss of lives and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the cloudburst and heavy rains in Uttarakhand and hoped normalcy would return there at the earliest.

"I am grieved by the loss of lives caused due to cloudburst & heavy rain in parts of Uttarakhand. Condolences to bereaved families," he tweeted.

"My prayers are with those injured. I hope normalcy returns to the rain-affected areas at the earliest," Modi added.

With inputs from PTI.

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Updated Date: Jul 01, 2016 18:17:09 IST

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