Pithoragarh: A cloudburst in a border village in Nepal caused sudden floods in Khotila village on the Indian side as water from the Kali river entered houses, filling them with mud and killing a woman. Pithoragarh District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan said the body of Pashupati Devi, a resident of Khotila village, was later pulled out of the mud that was buried in her house after the river flooded.
The village is situated near Dharchula town of Pithoragarh district. Chouhan said that the cloud burst after midnight in Bangbagar village on the Indo-Nepal border. In Khotila village, river water mixed with debris entered 36 houses, officials said.
The DM said that the woman killed in the incident did not get time to open the door of her house and escape safely. He said 170 affected people of the village have been evacuated and kept in temporary shelters built at Dharchula Stadium.
DM Chauhan said that the affected village on the Nepal side of the border received 132.2 mm of rain. Officials said the cloudburst also caused casualties along the Nepal border.
Pithoragarh District Disaster Management Officer Bhupendra Singh Mahar said that some animals of the villagers have also been lost. Mahar said that the Dharchula administration is carrying out relief and rescue operations on the spot with the help of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and police personnel. He said the extent of the damage was yet to be assessed.