India: Situation Report: Uttrakhand-Cloud Burst 2nd July 2016

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A. Situation Report

Monsoon rains on 1 st July 2016, Friday triggered landslides in parts of Uttarakhand. A total of 30 have been feared dead from different areas of Uttrakhand following cloudbursts in Pithoragarh and Chamoli Districts as reported by media. A cloudburst hit Singhali area near Pithoragarh early Friday morning, flattening homes in over seven villages and leaving many residents trapped in the debris. 18 bodies have been recovered till yesterday evening. The cloudburst in Singhali area of Pithorgarh district early this morning brought over 100 mm rains in two hours in a region of 50 sq km, flattening homes in over seven villages, according to officials.

All major rivers in the hilly tracts have also swollen after over 54 mm rainfall was recorded in the state in the last 24-hours. River Alaknanda has has risen above the danger level mark

IMD Warning

Red alert has been sounded by the IMD for July 2. According to the IMD, "Heavy to very heavy rainfall in Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Champawat, Almora, Pauri, Haridwar, Dehradun and Tehri is expected.

Light to moderate rains are also likely to occur at most places during the period. Nainital,Udhamsingh Nagar, Champawat, Almora, Pauri, Haridwar, Dehradun and Tehri may be hit by heavy to very heavy rains during the period.

B. Impact

  • 18 bodies have been recovered in Singhali area near Pithoragarh.

  • 8 persons died in Pithoragarh District.

  • 4 Lives claimed by heavy rains in Chamoli district.

  • Two persons were swept away by the muddy waters and debris rushing down the slopes into Siron village in Chamoli.

  • One person was killed in Ghat block and another in Sithel village.