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17 Dead,15 Missing In Rain-Affected Uttarakhand; CM Announces Rs 2 Lakh Ex-Gratia
17 Dead,15 Missing In Rain-Affected Uttarakhand; CM Announces Rs 2 Lakh Ex-Gratia.

17 people have been killed, 15 others are missing as heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in thirteen districts in Uttarakhand, says chief minister Harish Rawat on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference in Dehradun, CM also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of those who lost their lives in rain-related incidents.

The maximum damage was inflicted on Basted village where at least 30 people were feared to be trapped in the debris.

More than 60 houses were flattened due to the cloud burst after incessant rains in the region. As many as 200 cattle have reportedly died in the villages.

Officials said more than 100 mm rains were recorded in just two hours, leading to flooding of most of the rivers in the hill state.

A senior official of the disaster management team said the rescue operations were hampered due to inclement weather.

Several teams of the State Disaster Response Force, paramilitary forces and Army rescue teams were stranded on way to the disaster-struck areas. All means of communication in the area have also collapsed.

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