[Representational Image] At least five people died while two others got injured after a cloudburst triggered due to heavy rainfall hit the Pauri region in Uttarakhand on Monday. Picture: People walk through the cloudburst hit area of Ukhimath in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand September 15, 2012.Reuters

At least 30 people have been confirmed dead due to continuous rains in Chamoli and Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.

Following the rain, the water level has risen in Nandaprayag area in Chamoli district of the state, the Indian express reported. 

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: "Spoke to CM U'khand Shri Harish Rawat regarding the situation post the cloud burst in the state. Centre is providing all possible assistance."

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who expressed grief over the incident, on Friday, announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each to families of the victims, Press Trust of India reported.

It was earlier reported that nine people have been confirmed dead and many others are feared missing following a cloudburst near Pithoragarh town of Uttarakhand, NDTV tweeted. Many people are still feared to be dead or trapped under debris.

In the last 24 hours, all major rivers in the state have swollen after receiving 54 mm rainfall. 

Another cloudburst in Chamoli resulted in houses being washed away on the banks of Mandakini river. Many houses in the surrounding regions are believed to be in danger, Zee News reported.

Dozens of vehicles have been stranded ever since the Thal-Munsyari road has been cut-off. On the other hand, the Yamunotri highway has been damaged due to excessive rainfall, India today reported. This has led to the traffic being halted and entry of heavy vehicles was paused on the Kedarnath highway following a landslide.

The MeT department has reportedly issued a warning of heavy rainfall in the isolated pockets in Uttarakhand, especially in the Nainital, Udhamsingh Nagar and Champawat districts over the next 72 hours. 

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