There has been huge devastation after the cloudburst on the Indo-Nepal border. In Pithoragarh district, 36 houses have been heavily damaged due to debris and water.
The cloudburst occurred past midnight in Bangabagar village across the India-Nepal border, causing a flashflood in the Kali river.
According to the Disaster Management Department, the epicentre of the earthquake was in Tezam tehsil.
Mud entered homes in over a dozen villages following the cloudburst, prompting the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to shift the affected people to safe locations.
Even if all the countries decrease emissions to stick to the 2 degree-level as per the Paris Agreement, there will still be an increase in extreme weather and climate events.
Vishweshwar Reddy, who was a former adjunct faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, made a power point presentation to the media to explain what a cloudburst is and how it occurs.
According to Dr N Sai Bhaskar Reddy, an international climate change expert, flooding in the Godavari river belt points to lacunae in planning and execution of irrigation projects.
He, however, added that the change in climatic conditions would lead to such disasters.
“We will give an assistance of Rs 10 lakh to each family. We will arrange for good education for their children. And will help them in whatever way we can,” he said.
Whereabouts not known, efforts to contact them failed as their phones are switched off
Flash floods triggered by heavy rain struck near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in the south Kashmir Himalayas on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 30 missing.
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In a video message, the pilgrims Basant Kumar Senapati, Soumya Ranjan Patra, Nihar Ranjan Patra, K Rabi Kumar and Tukuna Pradhan have requested to make arrangements for their safe return.
Pilgrims from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh who got a second life after escaping from the tents which got washed away in the Amarnath cloudburst recounted the horrific scenes.
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NDRF, SDRF, J&K Police, Army, CRPF, BSF and ITBP are involved in the rescue work and clearing debri.
Nine surveillance detachments with hand-held thermal imagers, night vision devices and other gadgets were deployed for the search operations.
According to weather scientists, the shrine reported 31 mm of rainfall between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm on Friday, which is quite low to be categorised as a cloudburst.
Raja Singh and his family members who reached Amarnath by a chopper decided to use ponies to descend the hills before as the weather condition began deteriorating on Friday.
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The border guarding force has also expanded its route opening and protection parties from the lower part of the holy cave up to Panjtarni, an ITBP spokesperson said on Saturday.
"Looking at the hazard level, Yatra has been halted temporarily due to the area being inundated. If weather remains normal & makeshift arrangements are made, then yatra can be resumed," said PRO Vivek