Six persons including one nine month old girl and two eight year old girls died after their homes collapsed following heavy rain in three villages of Ghat Tehsil in Chamoli district on Monday morning. Four homes were destroyed, five damaged and 46 domesticated animals including cattle and goats were also killed in these villages.
According to information received from the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), at about 5:40 AM on Monday, heavy rain/cloudburst was reported in Banjbagad, Aali and Lakhi villages of Ghat Tehsil in Chamoli district. The resulting collapse of homes caused the death of 35 year old Rupa Singh and her nine month old daughter Chanda in Banjbagad village. In Aali village, 21 year old Naurati was reported to have died. In the Lakhi village, eight year old sisters Arti and Anjali along with 23 year old Ajay Lal were reported to have died. On receiving information about the disaster, the revenue department team, disaster management team, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team and local police reached the sites of the disasters and began search and rescue efforts along with the local residents. Meanwhile, 24 rural motor roads in the district have remained closed to traffic with efforts underway to open these.
Meanwhile, in Dehradun, the bodies of two students of UPES who were swept away while bathing in the Nimi river in Bidholi on Sunday were found on Monday. They have been identified as Dehradun resident Abhishek Kandpal and Delhi native Mihir Bateja.
Expressing grief at the deaths and destruction caused by heavy rain in Ghat Tehsil of Chamoli district, the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat directed the Chamoli district magistrate to execute rescue and relief works swiftly. Necessary financial assistance and other relief should also be provided to those affected by the disaster. According to information provided by the Chamoli district administration, rescue and relief works were started as soon as information about the disasters was received. Relief material has also been sent to the affected areas. Further, expressing grief at the incident wherein two students were swept away in a river in Dehradun, the chief minister said that the level of water in seasonal rivers can rise suddenly. He has appealed to the public, especially the youth to avoid going for picnics near rivers and waterfalls in view of the heavy rains being experienced these days.
Meteorological centre warns of heavy rain today onward
The state Meteorological Centre has issued warning about the possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places especially in Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh, Dehradun, Nainital and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand during four days from August 13 to 16. Overall, the weather is likely to remain generally cloudy with possibility of light to moderate rainfall and thundershowers at most places in the state on Tuesday.
The meteorological centre has issued advisory stating that due to continuous light to moderate rainfall activities during the week with isolated heavy to heavy rainfall over Uttarakhand especially from August 13 to 16, the inundation of low lying areas in plains and landslide in mountains at a few places is very likely to occur from August 13 onwards. The Met centre advised the district authorities to monitor the situation closely and take necessary precautionary measures. The local commuters and tourists moving in mountainous areas and people residing in low lying areas in plains have been advised to take precautionary measures especially from August 13 onwards and coordinate closely with the state government authorities.
In the provisional capital Dehradun, few spells of rainfall and thunderstorms are likely to occur, one or two maybe heavy in some areas on Tuesday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be 30 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius respectively.
Meanwhile on Monday, the maximum and minimum temperatures recorded at various places in the state on Monday were 30.5 degree Celsius and 24.3 degree Celsius respectively in Dehradun, 32.6 degree Celsius and 24.4 degree Celsius in Pantnagar, 21 degree Celsius and 15.4 degree Celsius in Mukteshwar, 22 degree Celsius and 18.8 degree Celsius respectively in New Tehri.
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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