Sunday, August 5, 2012

Uttarakhand flash floods: Death toll mounts to 34

DEHRADUN/JAMMU: The ITBP and the local police on Sunday searched the remains of flattened homes for more bodies in rain-hit Uttarakhand where the toll due to relentless downpour reached 34.

"In Uttarkashi alone, 31 people have been killed and six are still missing following heavy rains," district magistrate R Rajesh Kumar said. Twenty three workers of the state-run UJVN Ltd's Assi Ganga hydel project, missing following a cloudburst in the upper hills of Uttarkashi district have been declared dead. "We are now counting these 23 workers in the list of dead people," said Kumar.

In the past two days, incessant rains battered the hill state resulting in landslides, cloudbursts and flash floods which flattened homes and stranded hundreds of pilgrims with the Char Dham yatra coming to a halt. Read More