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HEAVY RAIN CAUSES BUILDING FLOOR COLLAPSE

The consistent rain in Dehradun caused the first floor of a condemned building to collapse near the busy Tehsil Chowk area. Though no one was injured in the collapse, the incident has elicited focus on the number of such condemned buildings considered to be at risk of collapse in the provisional State capital. Such buildings are occupied for residential and commercial purposes. According to official sources, the city Kotwali police station received information from the control room on Monday about the upper floor of a building near Tehsil Chowk collapsing due to the heavy rain. According to the police, nobody was harmed due to the portion of the building collapsing. The said building was used in the past as an office of the Punjab and Sind Bank. The upper floor of this building is believed to have collapsed due to the heavy rain. In the past this building had been categorized as a condemned building likely to fall and a notice regarding this had also been pasted on the building. The rubble was removed from the road to prevent disruption of traffic in this busy locality, added the police.

HEAVY RAIN TO CONTINUE IN SOME DISTS

The State Meteorological Centre  has issued an  alert of ‘heavy rainfall’ for isolated places across the State in the next 24 hours while Dehradun experienced a lull in the incessant rainy spell that continued in the city for the past few days on Monday. As per the alert, heavy shower is likely to lash  isolated places of the State, particularly in the districts like Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Pitthoragarh on Tuesday. The sky would be generally cloudy on Tuesday with possibility of light  to moderate showers or  thundershowers in most places  of the State. However, by way of a relief to the residents of the rain-drenched Dehradun city, there is no alert for them on Tuesday, though it might rain lightly or moderately on the day. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be 30 degree Celsius and 22 degree Celsius respectively in the city on Tuesday. The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded in several cities of the state on Monday were Dehradun 25.2 degree Celsius and 22.3 degree Celsius, Pantnagar 31.0 degree Celsius and 23.8 degree Celsius, Mukteshwar 18.0 degree Celsius and 14.2 degree Celsius and New Tehri 19.2 degree Celsius and 17.0 degree Celsius respectively.

HRIDAYESH QUESTIONS STATE GOVT ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

The leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha and Haldwani MLA Indira Hridayesh has lambasted the State Government accusing it of failure in disaster management and finance. She said that by handing out cheques for small amounts like Rs 150 to some disaster victims, the State authorities had played a cruel joke of the citizens. The Government should provide 80 percent of the cost of damage suffered by disaster victims as compensation to them, she stressed. It should be mentioned here that while the Chief Minister has reportedly ordered a probe into such small amounts being paid in compensation to disaster victims, the opposition has seized the opportunity to question the functioning of the State Government. The leader of opposition said that handing out cheques for small amounts ranging from Rs 90  to Rs 150 to disaster victims is very unfortunate. When the Government does have funds to even pay the salaries of the MLAs, it should refrain from playing such a cruel joke on disaster victims, she said. Further questioning the functioning of the Government, she said that the Chief Minister is reviewing the situation through video conferencing from a room whereas he should be getting out of his office and personally visit the disaster-affected areas to gauge the situation. read more post… Tuesday, 07 August 2018 | PNS | Dehradun–

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