Saturday, 16 August 2014

Heavy rain in Uttarakhand claims 24 lives, PM Modi expresses grief over loss of lives

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives due to heavy rain in Uttarakhand.

Heavy rain has wreaked havoc in Pauri and other districts of Uttarakhand killing 24 people in separate incidents of cloudburst, house collapse and landslides since Friday.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives due to heavy rain in Uttarakhand and extends his condolences to families of the deceased," said a government statement.

Seven killed in landslide

Seven people, including a woman, were killed here when three houses were buried in a landslide following heavy showers in the early hours of the day, taking the toll to 24 in rain-related incidents in two days in Uttarakhand.

The incident occurred at around 2am in Kathbangla area in the city. Rain triggered a landslide in the hills and the rubble fell on the three houses occupied by different families, a police official said.

Seven bodies, including that of a woman, have been pulled out of the debris of the houses, Rajpur police station SHO Rajesh Sah said, adding that the victims were sleeping when the mishap occurred.

A woman with critical injuries has also been rescued from the spot and admitted to the Doon hospital, he said.

There is no possibility of any more bodies trapped in the rubble of the houses, he said.

17 people were killed in separate rain related incidents in Pauri, Dehradun and Pithoragarh district of the state on Friday.

Though it rained heavily in Dehradun on Friday night, the city awoke to a bright sunny morning on Saturday. rain,heavy rain in Uttarakhand



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