Five killed in cloudburst in Uttarakhand
The Met Office has warned of very heavy rains occurring in the state on Saturday.india Updated: Aug 04, 2017 14:22 IST
Five persons were killed on Friday when a cloudburst triggered heavy rains in Uttarakhand’s Kotdwar, officials said.
Water from an overflowing rain-fed Paniala Gadar entered many houses and washed away some people in the area.
National Disaster Response Force teams were rushed to the area to evacuate those still trapped in the gushing waters and the houses.
The deceased were identified as Lakshya Arora, Jyoti Arora, Shanti Devi and Ajit Kumar. One body is yet to be identified.
The torrential downpour also led to leak of electricity in Refugee Colony, leading to short-circuit at some places.
Meanwhile, a cooking gas cylinder blast injured three people -- Harendra Bhatia (48), Rahul (19), Renu (42). They were admitted to a medical facility in Kotdwar.
Other parts of Uttarakhand like Dehradun and Rishikesh also witnessed rains, with the Regional Met Office warning of very heavy rains on Saturday.