Cloudburst in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh Leaves 3 Dead And 11 Missing

Rescue operations now underway for locating the missing persons.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 20, 2020

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A cloudburst and heavy rains lashed areas around the Pithoragarh town in Uttarakhand, leaving at least three people dead and eleven missing. Many houses were damaged due to the rains in the Gela village of Bangapani, where the three deaths took place. At least nine of the missing are from the village of Taga in Pithoragarh. Rescue teams have reached the two villages and rescue operations are underway. Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat, has instructed the District Magistrate to provide relief amount to the affected.

The Chief Minister of the state also urged pilgrims not to throng the Ganga river for holy baths in light of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Every year on Somvati Amavasya, thousands of pilgrims arrive at the river to bathe in it. “I request you humbly, with my hands joined, to keep mother Ganga in our remembrance and take holy baths in our own homes. We hope you follow this and help the Uttarakhand government in these difficult times being faced due to the pandemic,” he said.

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