Seven of family killed in cloudburst in Pauri

New Delhi: Seven members of a family were killed when their house was razed to the ground by huge boulders that rolled down the hill following a cloudburst in Pauri district of Uttarakhand today.

The cloudburst occurred at around seven in the evening at Marchula village of the district following which pebbles and boulders rolling down the hillside fell over a house razing it to the ground, Pauri District Magistrate Chandrashekhar Bhatt told PTI on the phone.

Seven persons of the family were killed on the spot and two were injured, he said.

The injured were taken to Pauri for treatment, he said.

The house was inhabited by 75-year-old Dipak Singh and the families of his two sons, the DM said, adding that further details were awaited.

The Pauri-Srinagar highway was also blocked due to the cloudburst, officials said.