Cloudburst in Dehradun, SDRF’s rescue operation continues


Dehradun: An incident of cloudburst has been reported in Dehradun, Uttarakhand in the early hours of Saturday. Officials have confirmed this. Several local people were rescued and shifted to safer places by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). The damage caused by the natural disaster is yet to be ascertained.

According to SDRF, the local people informed about the incident of cloudburst at 2.35 am in Sakhet village of Raipur block of Dehradun district. As soon as the information reached SDRF, one of its teams reached the spot.

The response force claims they have managed to rescue all those who were trapped in the floods triggered by the cloudburst while several other locals took shelter at a nearby resort.

Last week, heavy rains in the mountain state increased streams that damaged buildings and shops, while landslides in the hills blocked national highways and several rural motor roads. The State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) said eight shops in Khabalisera village were washed away in Uttarkashi district in the early hours of August 11.

Three houses were completely damaged in the overnight rains in Aggarchatti village near Gairsain in Chamoli district. Mud and mud also entered eight houses in Aggarchatti. However, there is no report of any casualty from anywhere.

National highways leading to the Himalayan temples of Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri were blocked by debris following landslides at various points. The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway (NH) was blocked at Narkota, Rishikesh-Yamunotri NH at Kharadi and Dabarkot and Rishikesh-Gangotri NH at Ratudi-Sera, Bandarkot and Naitala.

The Tanakpur-Champawat-Ghat National Highway in Kampawat district and the Tuni-Chakrata-Tehri-Maletha National Highway in Dehradun district were also blocked by debris at several places.

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