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Sunday, August 5, 2012

34 killed in Uttarakhand, search for bodies on

Dehradun - ITBP and police personnel on Sunday searched debris of flattened homes and dug rubbles to look for more bodies in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand where the toll due to the incessant downpour reached 34. Six people were still missing in the Uttarkashi district, said a top government official.
"In Uttarakashi 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, who went missing early Saturday following a cloud burst in the upper hills of Uttarkashi district, have now been declared dead.
"We are now counting these 23 workers in the list of dead people," said Kumar.
During the past two days, incessant rains battered the hill state triggering landslides, cloud bursts and flash floods which flattened homes and stranded hundreds of pilgrims with the chardham yatra coming to a grinding halt.
The Garhwal region bore the brunt of the natural disaster in the wake of heavy rains with the government sounding a high alert in the state.
The Army has also been alerted in the wake of the heavy rains in the hill state.
Elsewhere in the state, three people were killed in Chamoli district following heavy rains since Saturday.
The government has launched relief and rescue operations and has sent food packets to the affected people.
Nearly, 250 families have already been taken to safer areas in the different areas of Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts.

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