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Cloudburst claims 30 lives in Uttarakhand, many feared trapped

Cloudburst claims 30 lives in Uttarakhand, many feared trapped

Dehradun: Thirty people were reportedly killed in a cloud burst in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand on Friday.

Four bodies were recovered from Chamoli and five from Didihat area in Pithoragarh district. Many people are reportedly injured.

Officials said a cloud burst in Pithoragarh inundated the entire region, causing problems to the people.

Large tracts of agriculture fields were destroyed in Suva village of the Dharchula area and three bridges linking the village have been washed away.

Over 54 mm rain was recorded here in the last 24-hours.

The Thal-Munsyari road has been cut-off and dozens of vehicles remained stranded on both sides.

The Yamunotri highway, near Kharadi, has also been damaged leading to traffic being halted.

Entry of heavy vehicles was halted on the Kedarnath highway after a landslide at Gangolgaon.

All major rivers in the hilly tracts have swollen.

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