Cloudburst kills five in Himachal

Shimla, Aug 26 (IANS) Five members of a family belonging to Nepal were killed and one was injured after a cloudburst in Shimla district in Himachal Pradesh, an official said on Friday.

“All the bodies have been recovered. The lone survivor who is deaf and dump has been admitted to hospital,” Deputy Commissioner Rohan Thakur told IANS.

The cloudburst occurred on Sunday night at the hilltop Bandrali village near Rampur town, about 130 km from here.

Lachhi Ram, his wife and three children died. They were staying in a temporary hutment and engaged in maintaining an apple orchard.

“Many orchards have been damaged due to flashfloods triggered by the cloudburst,” Thakur said.

–IANS

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