Nainital: A massive cloudburst occurred in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand this morning resulting in widespread chaos over the region. Reports suggest that many houses in the area have been submerged in water with several cars being washed away.
However, no loss of life has been reported until now. Rescue operations are on in the region. As per media reports, the NH 58, Badrinath Highway remains closed due to a severe landslide in the region. The traffic is on a standstill over the region and efforts are being made for the resumption of traffic.
Rains continue to lash the region hindering the rescue operations. Families who have been affected by the cloudburst have been shifted to safer areas. As a fresh Western Disturbance is approaching the Western Himalayas, more rain is likely over the region during the next 48 to 72 hours.
A similar occurrence had taken place in June 2013, where heavy rain and cloudburst had triggered flash floods in the region making it one of the deadliest natural disasters since the 2004 Tsunami.