Chamoli: Less than a week after forest fires ravaged the hills of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, heavy rain and landslides damaged houses and swept away vehicles and a bridge on Sunday.
As the rain poured for over three hours, a swollen rivulet overflowed its banks and brought boulders and construction debris crashing into homes and cars in Thrali town. A few parked vehicles were swept into the Pindar river. A pedestrian bridge was washed away while the landslides damaged and blocked several link roads.
Residents of neighbouring towns reported injuries as they rushed to safety. But a district official said there was no report of casualties.
The forest fires — finally doused by the rain on Thursday after blazing for weeks — engulfed 4,000 hectares across 13 districts and left nine people dead, officials have said.
The state is still analysing the extent of the damage, both financial and environmental.
While officials have cited dry weather and lack of moisture in the air as the reasons behind the forest blaze, they have also blamed human activity, citing reports of 48 incidents of locals burning crop stubble.