Three women were killed in their sleep, three others went missing and a man was critically injured when a cloudburst hit Netad village in Tehri district, flattening their houses in the wee hours today.
A cloudburst hit Netad village at about 2.30 AM, flooding the Ruis canal and flattening two houses. Three women occupants of these houses were buried alive in their sleep as a result, Tehri District Disaster Management officer Ashish Semwal said on phone.
Bodies of the three women identified as Lajja Devi, Mangla Devi and Rajjo have been recovered while a search is on to trace three others who went missing after the incident, he said.
A seriously injured man has been pulled out of the rubble of the houses and admitted to Bauradi District hospital, he said.
Only last month, survivors marked a year since the devastating floods in Uttarakhand that claimed the lives of thousands of people. The floods and landslides, triggered by heavier than normal monsoon rains in June last year killed thousands of people in Uttarakhand, a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination and many still remain missing.
This incident comes only a day after a massive landslide in Pune, Maharashtra claimed the lives of upto 25 people. Another 100 are still trapped in a landslide that occured near Bhimashankar in Pune district on Wednesday. The landslide took place early in the morning in Malin village in Ambegaon tehsil of Pune due to heavy rainfall. Rescue operations have started and many bodies have so far been extracted from under the debris by team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). However heavy rains coupled with remoteness of the area is proving to be a hindrance in rescue efforts. Read more
What is a Cloudburst?
Extreme amount of precipitation are referred to as cloudbursts. During a cloudburst, more than 20 mm of rain may fall in a few minutes. These are sometimes accompanied with hail and thunder, and even though it usually lasts for only upto a few minutes, it is still capable of creating flash flood conditions. (Ref: Wikipedia)
(With PTI Inputs)