Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cloudburst: 33 killed, 35 missing in Uttarakhand, India

DEHRADUN: A series of cloudbursts struck Uttarakhand since last night triggering landslides and flash floods that left 33 dead, 35 missing and several injured in parts of the hill state.

Ukhimath area in Rudraprayag district was the worst hit as a cloudburst in the wee hours flattened dozens of homes in eight villages killing at least 29 people in their sleep. Over 35 people have gone missing in the disaster and 15 were injured.

"29 bodies have been recovered so far and 35 persons are still missing," Piyush Rautela Executive Director of Disaster Management and Mitigation Department (DMMD) here said.

Villages like Chunni, Mangoli, Kimana, Sansari, Giriya, Brahmankholi, Premnagar and Juatok in Ukhimath area were the worst hit, he said. Read More