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Uttarakhand: Six killed as cloudburst hits Tehri, rescue operation underway

As calamity struck the region, rescue operations were launched by the district administration. (Source: AP photo) As calamity struck the region, rescue operations were launched by the district administration. (Source: FILE/AP photo)
Express News Service | Dehradun | Posted: July 31, 2014 8:51 am | Updated: July 31, 2014 11:43 am

At least six persons, including a child, were killed in a flash flood that struck Navthana village under the Ghansai sub-division of Uttarakhand’s Tehri district. The administration has so far recovered five bodies. The incident occurred in the wee hours of Thursday.

The district magistrate of Tehri Yugul Kishore, who is camping at the disaster site, said about six houses have also buried under the debris. The village is situated about 60 km away from the Tehri district headquarters. Rescue operation undertaken by the CISF jawans, local disaster management centre and fire brigade unit, is going on at the time of filing this report.

This is the second incident of disaster in this week. Two days back, a landslide caused by heavy rains had killed six persons in Pithoragarh district.

State hit by heavy rains

Uttarakhand has already been affected by landslides following heavy rainfall in the state.

Triggered by heavy rainfall in the Garhwal Himalayas, fresh landslides at 25 places had blocked more than 150 key roads in Uttarakhand, among them those linking Rudraprayag to Kedarnath, Rishikesh to Gangotri and Rishikesh to Yamnotri.

The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway too were badly affected, forcing the state government to halt the Kedarnath yatra routes for the time being.

Elsewhere, the landslides have paralyzed life in large swathes of Rudrapryag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pauri and Tehri districts.

A 400-member joint Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and PWD team has been deployed to clear the roads of debris.

 (With PTI inputs)

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