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    Uttarakhand: Cloudburst Near India-Nepal Border Wreaks Havoc & Destruction

    Inam Ansari
    September11/ 2022
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    Cloudburst Near India-Nepal Border

    Pithoragarh: On the midnight cloudburst occurrence in the Lasko river, which is close to the border between India and Nepal, in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, a woman died and over 30 homes were destroyed. 

    “About 30 houses have been destroyed in the cloud burst incident and one woman has died,” District Magistrate (DM) Ashish Chauhan told ANI.

    The Dharchula Malli market has also been harmed by the cloudburst. Rescue and relief efforts are under progress. Talla village was experiencing waterlogging in the meantime. In Pithoragarh, the Kali River is also beyond the danger threshold. Many houses have been washed away, and some houses are severely affected due to floods. A building also collapsed and got submerged in water owing to a strong current in the river this morning.

    The DM said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) teams are engaged in the relief work on the spot.

    The damage caused by the floods in the Kali river has occurred in the villages of both India and Nepal.

    More information regarding the incident is awaited.

    An earlier cloud burst episode in Dehradun on August 20 had significant effects as reports of high water flow damaging numerous roads came to light.

    “We have received reports of water entering various premises and road damage in many areas. SDRF and NDRF carried out relief and rescue and restoration operations,” Commandant of SDRF Dehradun, Manikant Mishra said.

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami then inspected the affected areas in Sarkhet village in Dehradun’s Raipur. The water washed out multiple properties and entered several buildings disrupting the everyday lives of the commoners.

    Dhami ordered the State Disaster Management Department and other administration officials to be on alert regarding the devastation following heavy rainfall in the Garhwal division including Dehradun. The Chief Minister also directed all the concerned departments to reach the affected areas. “All the people stuck in the village were rescued while some took shelter in a resort nearby,” said SDRF. —ANI