As many as 35 deaths have taken place and many more are feared dead in rain-linked incidents in Uttarakhand on Saturday. A total of 17 persons were killed in cloudburst incidents at Baddi and Pilko villages in Almora district while 12 others were reportedly trapped under debris at Devli village. However, district and Uttarakhand Disaster Mitigation and Management authorities downplayed the deaths at Almora and Nainital.
Survaradhan, DM Almora, said that there were just four deaths in Almora that included three deaths at Pilko and one at Devli. The DM attributed these deaths to excessive rain. Similarly, the Uttarakhand Disaster Mitigation and Management authorities here in Dehradun confirmed a total of six deaths in Almora district. According to senior disaster management official Rahul, five bodies had been recovered from Pilko and one death had taken place at Devli. In Nainital, unconfirmed reports have put the death figure in the district at 11. However, DMMC sources said there were just three deaths due to excessive rain in the district, which included a death at Asora and another at Churidura village. Among other rain-linked incidents in the state, four children and a lady died in a house collapse at Roorkee in Haridwar district. Similarly, two deaths took place at Reni village in Chamoli district of Garhwal. Meanwhile, heavy downpour continued in Uttarakhand today spelling disaster, particularly in hill areas. Dehradun yesterday broke its 39-year-old maximum rain record.
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