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Uttarakhand rains: Death toll rises to 68; 12 trekkers found dead

Heavy rains battered Uttarakhand for nearly three days, beginning Sunday night, leading to floods, landslides, and massive destruction of property especially in the hills of Kumaon. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 23, 2021 1:56:33 pm
Chamoli: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel carry out rescue operations in a landslide-affected area following heavy rains in Dungree village of Chamoli district. (PTI Photo)

Amidst massive rescue efforts in Uttarakhand following a bout of extreme weather earlier this week, the death count on Friday rose to 68, PTI reported. Rescue operations are on to find the missing members of two trekking groups in Harsil and near Lamkhaga Pass.

“The bodies of seven trekkers have been recovered. Two have been rescued and two remain missing out of a group of 11 trekkers which had gone missing in Harsil. Five more bodies of trekkers from another group of 11 trekkers which went missing near Lamkhaga Pass have also been retrieved,” Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar told ANI.

Heavy rains battered Uttarakhand for nearly three days, beginning Sunday night, leading to floods, landslides, and massive destruction of property especially in the hills of Kumaon. The rains have since subsided. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted dry weather across the state on Saturday. 

65 trekkers rescued near Bageshwar’s Pindari and Kafni glaciers

The State Disaster Response Force was able to rescue 65 trekkers, including six foreigners, stranded near Bageshwar’s Pindari and Kafni glaciers. Another 23 were also rescued rom from Darma Valley of Pithoragarh.  

“SDRF teams have rescued 42 tourists, including six foreigners, from Dwali near the Pindari glacier and 23 from the Kafni glacier,” Bageshwar DM Vineet Kumar told PTI.

Uttarakhand: Indian Army jawan rescues a child and villagers stranded in flood-water in Tanakpur, Uttarakhand. (PTI Photo)

Some deaths left out of state’s toll 

Apart from the two other members of the Chitkul trek who were reported dead, the state’s death toll also does not include five people feared dead in Bageshwar. 

3 days of record rains causes losses worth Rs 2,000 crore in Kumaon

The aggressive showers resulted in losses worth Rs 2,000 crore in the Kumaon region, Divisional Commissioner Sushil Kumar told PTI. 

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had said on Thursday that the incessant rains in Uttarakhand caused damages worth Rs 7,000 crore across the state.

“Kumaon division bore the brunt of the unseasonal spell of rains which damaged crops and property worth Rs 2,000 crore besides accounting for the highest number of deaths and large scale destruction of houses,” the Kumaon Divisional Commissioner said.

Two members of the 11-person trekking team found dead 

Two more members of the 11-person trekking team which had gone missing were found dead on Friday. Two members of the team had been rescued alive on Thursday. They are injured and being treated in Harsil and Uttarkashi, an official said. They had gone missing on a trek to Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh via Harsil in Uttarkashi.

Nainital: Stranded tourists being evacuated by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from the landslide affected area of Khairna following heavy rains, in Nainital. (PTI Photo)

Uttarakhand CM meets affected people in Chamoli’s rain-hit Dungri village

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami Saturday met victims of the calamity in Champawat. He said the government stood with everyone affected, and was committed to do everything possible to help them.

On Friday, Dhami visited Dungri village in Chamoli district to meet the disaster-hit people who lost their kin in the landslides triggered by heavy rains in the state. He was accompanied by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj, State Disaster Management Minister Dhan Singh Rawat and other officials. Dhami traversed up the slippery terrain with  a stick in hand for support to do an on-the-spot assessment of the losses.

“The affected families will get all support from the government. They have lost their kin and have little children. We will ensure that they are given good care,” Dhami told reporters during a visit to the village.

ATVs, captive elephants, drones being used in Corbett core zone for safety of wildlife: Official

All-terrain vehicles, captive elephants and drone cameras are being used in the tourist zones of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and other forest roads in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand for the safety of wildlife.

Of the 101.57 km of roads built this month for the next tourist season in the Bijrani and Garjia zones of the tiger reserve, 87.57 km has been washed away in the three-day spell of heavy rains in Uttarakhand, deputy director of the park Kalyani Negi said.

(With PTI inputs)

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