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Uttarakhand: Chamoli cloudburst claims 30 lives

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 July 2016, 11:59 IST

Thirty people were reportedly killed in a cloud burst in Pithoragarh's Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on 1 July.

According to ANI report, Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh said that NDRF teams have been rushed to the areas affected by could burst in Uttarakhand. Additional teams of NDRF are also put on alert.

The Meteorological department has predicted heavy rain in isolated regions, especially in Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar and Champawat districts of the state.

The weather department has also issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rain at places in Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Champawat, Almora, Pauri, Haridwar, Dehradun and Tehri districts during the next 72 hours starting 1 July.

All District administration officials have been asked to take precautionary measures.

Director of the state Met department, Vikram Singh, has said that a low pressure line between the Bay of Bengal and Punjab has triggered the rains. He said that the western disturbance is also moving and will approach Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir in the next two to three days.

--With agency inputs

First published: 1 July 2016, 11:59 IST