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Landslide buries cars after catastrophic rainstorm

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People watch a rescue operation after heavy rainfall caused a landslide in Doda district, about 88 miles from Jammu, India, on June 9. At least four people were feared dead and hundreds of vehicles stranded after a cloudburst on the Doda-Batote highway Thursday, according to government officials.

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Local villagers stand around cars that were covered by a landslide at Baggar village in the Doda district of Jammu on June 9.

A cloudburst is a weather phenomenon commonly observed in the Indian subcontinent. The Weather Notebook defines it as a sudden burst of high intensity rainfall concentrated over a short period of time, explaining:

A cloudburst occurs when a pregnant monsoon cloud drifts northwards, from the Bay of Bengal across the Ganges plains, then onto the Himalayas and bursts, bringing rainfall as high as 75 millimeters per hour.