Several houses and shops were damaged due to a cloudburst in Tehri district's Devprayag area on Tuesday. No report of any casualty has been received so far. Relief and rescue teams have been rushed to the spot, a top police official said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah called Uttarkhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat to enquire about the situation arising out of cloudburst in the state. The Centre has offered all assistance to the state to deal with the situation arising out of the natural calamity.
"No casualties have been reported yet. SDRF teams are on their way to the spot," news agency quoted DGP Ashok Kumar, as saying.
"Cloudburst was reported at 5 pm today. Around 12-13 shops and several other properties have been damaged. Since most of these shops were closed due to lockdown, no casualty has been reported yet. Water level is on the rise here, rescue operation underway," Mahipal Singh Rawat, SHO Devprayag, said.
The cloudburst occurred over the Shanta river, causing inundation of areas along its banks with a huge amount of slush containing boulders, he added.
Two municipality buildings, including the multi-purpose Nagar Palika Bhawan, caved in after being hit by the rubble brought down by the cloudburst, Rawat said.
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.
(With PTI inputs)