An unusual western disturbance - a rain system that originates in the Mediterranean region-swept across the northern plans and slammed into the Himalayan ranges, triggering extremely heavy rain spells often regarded as cloudbursts.
"So far 34 deaths and five missing in Uttarakhand rains. ₹4 lakh compensation will be given to families of the deceased, and those who lost their houses will be given ₹1.09 lakh. All possible help is being extended to those who lost their livestock," Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said after surveying some of the worst-hit regions.
The deaths have occurred since Monday when the cloudburst took place and incessant rain continued throughout the day. Twelve bodies were recovered on Tuesday while rescue efforts continued at the location where several people were suspected to have been buried under muck, district magistrate Dheeraj Singh Garbiyal said.
The cloudburst was reported around 5 am. It led to flash floods in the Ramgarh and Okhladanda blocks.
"The cloud burst in Ramgarh block, about 35km from Nainital town, caused a flash flood. It resulted in heavy damage in Ramgarh as well as Okhladanda blocks," said Garbiyal. The roads leading to the affected areas have been badly damaged.
The authorities have sought help from the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. “They are now assisting the state agencies in the rescue and relief work," the district's top official said.
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