Uttrakhand struggles with rain aftermath

CM Pushkar Singh Dhami inspected the rain-hit areas in Kumaon region

The condition of Uttarakhand is grave and serious after the rainfall as other natural calamities like landslides have blocked roads and many villages went without electricity. As per official records, the number of people dead have climbed to 52.

 

Rescue workers have pulled out six more bodies from the rubble of collapsed houses and five people are still missing and 17 are injured.

 

The disastrous weather cleared on Wednesday morning after the rain since Sunday night, which had triggered floods and washed away bridges, caused landslides and blocked access to towns like Nainital for hours. Majority of the deaths were due to house collapses.

 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials said that they have rescued more than hundred people from the flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand. They have deployed 17 rescue teams in the state.

 

An official spokesperson said, "So far, NDRF rescuers have evacuated more than 1,300 stranded people from Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital. They are also distributing relief material in flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand."

 

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami inspected the rain-hit areas in Kumaon region. He was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Defence and Nainital MP Ajay Bhatt and State Disaster Management Minister Dhan Singh Rawat.

 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to arrive in Dehradun and may undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas.

 

Presently, the tourist town Nainital is returning back to normalcy but the national highway leading to Badrinath is still blocked by landslides at several points. Actions are taken by the government to bring back the normal situation in the major towns while the villages may remain affected for a few more days.

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