The state government has asked all district magistrates and superintendents of police to remain alert in view of the Met department predicting heavy rainfall (about 70-90 mm) in Champawat,Nainital,Udham Singh Nagar and Pihoragarh districts during the next 72 hours,and 20-40 mm rainfall in several other parts of the state.
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna held discussions with all district magistrates through video conferencing and asked them to complete relief work on war footing. A team,including peoples representatives,has been assigned the task of monitoring relief work.
According to a press release issued by the Information department,Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar has asked all district magistrates and SPs to remain alert and ask people to stay at safe places. The release said that a team of 200 persons is being sent to Kedarnath to cremate bodies. The release said 1,09,550 persons have been evacuated so far.
According to another press release,all tourists and pilgrims have been evacuated from Badrinath.
It must be taken into cognizance that many people would remain at Badrinath,Gangotri and Yamunotri till the doors (kapat) of the respective dhams are closed for winter ie till second or third week of November, the release said.