Landslides claim several lives in Uttarakhand, Arunachal

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18 to 20 people were killed in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli and Pithoragarh since Thursday as torrential rains triggered flashfloods and landslides in Uttarahand.


Chamba-Rishikesh National Highway-94 was blocked in Bemunda due to landslide. The death and destruction in Chamoli and Pithoragarh came just over three years after more than 5,000 people were killed when the Kedar valley was hit by a similar cloudburst.


A team of the Natural Disaster Response Force (NDRF) could not reach the disaster sites around 180 kms apart as choppers could not land due to bad weather.



Officially, the number of missing was 17 but authorities didn’t rule out the possibility of the number increasing as incessant rainfall delayed rescue work in the worst affected villages.


Landslide triggered by torrential rain killed 10 people, including two women, and injured four others at Bhalukpong in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.


Many houses were damaged at upper Bhalukpung area of Arunachal Pradesh due to the landslide in this northeastern state.


The landslide occurred when a small hillock near the Old Inspection Bungalow caved in and buried several houses in Bhalukpong town ofWest Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.


Drivers and workers pushing away a truck stuck in the rubbles of a landslide on the damaged National Highway 44 at Lowarpowa in Karimganj district of Assam.


Continuous heavy downpour in district headquarters of Karimganj town for the last three days has caused water logging in several areas.


Jawans of F&ES clearing the debris from the site of landslide at Piyali Phukan Naga, Chandmari in Guwahati.



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