3 dead, 11 missing following heavy rains & landslide in Pithoragarh
Three persons died and at least 11 are missing after heavy rain and landslides caused considerable damage in three villages in Pithoragarh district in the wee hours on Monday.
In the Malla Gaila village, three persons died after they were buried in debris. About half a dozen other persons were injured and three homes in the village were also destroyed due to the heavy rain. According to official sources, in Tanga Muniyal village 11 persons were missing, one was injured and two homes were damaged. Operations were underway to find the missing persons.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the loss of life and damage caused in the villages in Bangapani Tehsil of Pithoragarh district. He directed the district magistrate to ensure that there is no gap in the rescue and relief efforts in the disaster affected areas. On receiving information about the disaster, the CM directed the Pithogarh DM to send an additional team of the SDRF to the affected area. He also directed that immediate financial assistance be provided to the disaster affected in addition to the necessary facilities and relief materials. He also directed that search operation be undertaken immediately at a war footing to find the missing persons. Rawat said that from the disaster point of view, this is the time to be ever vigilant in the state. All district magistrates should be alert towards such risks. The disaster management machinery in the districts should be strengthened further. He also directed the district magistrates to regularly inform the general public about the weather forecast and regularly assess the situation of vulnerable sites. Rawat further directed the disaster management secretary and SDRF inspector general to remain consistently in touch with the district magistrates and swiftly resolve their issues.
Tuesday, 21 July 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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