Dehradun, Jul 20: Two bodies were recovered on Friday whereas, five persons are reported to be trapped in a landslide that occurred due to cloudburst between Jumma and Bhapkund near Malari road in Chamoli in Uttarakhand. The rescue operation is underway. Heavy rains have been reported from the district in the last 36 hours. Also Read - 6 Dead as Cyclone Tauktae Batters Goa, Karnataka, Kerala; Gujarat Braces For Impact | Key Points

Earlier on Wednesday, Regional Met Office sounded an alert for heavy rains in Uttarakhand for the next 36 hours. Following the warning of very heavy rains in several districts, the State Disaster Management teams were asked to remain alert. The people living on the river banks were also been asked to shift to safer places. Also Read - Very Heavy Rains Likely in Mumbai, Thane as Cyclone Tauktae Intensifies

As per reports, rivers like Ganga, Alaknanda, Mandakini and many other rain-fed rivers are also in spate but are flowing below the danger mark.  The annual Char Dham pilgrimage is also underway, despite brief interruptions due to bad weather, heavy downpour and landslides. Also Read - Believed To Be Dead, Covid Positive Woman Comes Back To Life Minutes Before Cremation

On Monday, nearly a dozen houses, ten shops and six vehicles were swept away following a cloudburst in Tharali and Ghat areas of Chamoli district. No casualties were reported.

“Over ten shops and six vehicles were washed away after a cloudburst flooded Pranmati River on way to Ratgaon in Dharbagad area of Tharali at around 3 am,” the District Disaster Management Centre in Chamoli said.

The Badrinath Highway was also blocked for some time on Monday at Lambagad, Pipalkoti and Gauchar due to heavy rains.