Cloudburst Hits Uttarakhand's Devprayag; Shops, Buildings Damaged

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cloudburst hit Devprayag in Tehri district of Uttarakhand on Tuesday, razing two municipal buildings to the ground and damaging several shops. It also damaged pedestrian bridges, water pipelines and electricity supply lines, an official said. The cloudburst occurred over the Shanta river, causing inundation of areas along its banks with a huge amount of slush containing boulders, SHO of the Devprayag police station Mahipal Singh Rawat said.

Two municipality buildings, including the multi-purpose Nagar Palika Bhawan, caved in after being hit by the rubble brought down by the cloudburst, he added.

A number of shops in the Dashrath Danda Parvat area of Devprayag were also damaged in the cloudburst, the SHO said.

However, there was no loss of life as people were alert and had moved to safe locations like the bus stand and police station premises, he said.

Municipal Commissioner KK Kotiyal said the extent of damage is yet to be assessed.

Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and assured all help from the Centre. Shah, on telephone call on Tuesday evening, assured Rawat of all possible help from the central government.

The cloudburst which occurred over Shanta river inundated areas along its banks damaging pedestrian bridges, water pipelines and electricity supply lines, an official said.

A huge amount of slush along with boulders, brought down two municipality buildings, including the multi-purpose Nagar Palika Bhawan, he added.

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