Tuesday, 20 July 2021 | PNS | Dehradun/New Tehri
Four persons died, three were injured and five homes were damaged following very heavy rain in Mando, Kakradi and Nirakot villages of Bhatwadi Tehsil of Uttarkashi district on Sunday night. Rescue and relief efforts began soon after information about the disaster was communicated to the authorities. On Monday, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami telephoned a disaster affected family member in one of the affected villages. He expressed grief at the loss of life due to heavy rain in three villages of Uttarkashi. On learning about the incident late on Sunday evening, he called the Uttarkashi district magistrate and sought details of the disaster. He directed the local authorities to ensure swift rescue and relief efforts.
Considering the incidents of heavy rain in various parts of the state, the chief minister has directed all district magistrates to remain alert. The officials have been ordered to ensure quick response in case of any type of disaster. Dhami also visited the state emergency operation centre (SEOC) in the secretariat on Monday and sought information about the damage caused by heavy rains in different parts of the state. Meanwhile, the state meteorological centre has forecast the possibility of heavy rains at isolated places in Uttarkashi, Tehri, Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Pithoragarh districts on Tuesday.
According to the SEOC, the Rishikesh-Yamunotri national highway 94 is blocked by debris at Kharadi and the Uttarkashi-Lambgaon-Srinagar motor road is closed due to damaged bridge near Sada while 17 rural motor roads are also blocked in Uttarkashi district. The Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway 58 is blocked by debris at Sirohbagad and Narkota while 39 rural motor roads are also blocked in Chamoli district. Two state roads and 18 rural motor roads are blocked in Dehradun district while in Rudraprayag district the Rishikesh-Kedarnath national highway 107 is blocked between Rampur and Sitapur. One state road and 18 rural motor roads are blocked in Pauri district while seven rural motor roads are blocked in Tehri district. Two rural motor roads are blocked in Almora district while five rural motor roads are blocked in Bageshwar district. In Nainital district one state road and five rural motor roads are blocked while four rural motor roads are blocked in Champawat district. Three border roads and 12 rural motor roads are blocked in Pithoragarh district. Attempts are underway to open these roads to traffic.