Uttarakhand flash floods: Death toll mounts to 34

TNN | Aug 6, 2012, 05.24AM IST

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.

The Garhwal region was the worst-hit by the natural disaster. Three people were killed in Chamoli district following heavy rains since Saturday. The government has started relief and rescue operations and has sent food packets to the affected. Around 250 families have been moved to safer areas in Uttarkashi and Chamoli.

Meanwhile, 24 people trapped in flash floods were rescued safely by the police and Army in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts.