Sonia expresses grief over Uttarakhand cloudburst tragedy

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New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday expressed grief at the loss of life and damage caused by a cloudburst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli and Pithoragarh district.

“Through the day, grim news of the damage done by flash floods which has killed and greviously hurt many is of great despair and sorrow. Many people are missing is also news of serious disappointment,” she said.

Expressing solidarity with those who have lost their loved ones, Gandhi added: “Government of Uttarakhand has been asked to provide swift assistance for rescue and rehabilitation. The relatives of those missing should not lose hope and we firmly stand by the people of Chamoli and Pithoragarh, they remain in our prayers”.

At least seven people were killed following cloudburst and landslides as heavy rains lashed Pithoragarh and Chamoli, officials said on Friday.

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