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Uttarakhand Rains Highlights: 52 dead, 5 missing; CM says ‘massive damage’ across state

The NDRF has rescued more than 1,300 people from flood-affected areas in the state and enhanced its rescue teams from 15 to 17, the federal force said on Wednesday.

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New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2021 08:44 IST
This photograph provided by India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows NDRF personnel rescuing civilians stranded following heavy rains at Chhara village near Nainital, Uttarakhand. (National Disaster Response Force via AP)

Uttarakhand Rains Highlights: The death toll due to the heavy rains in Uttarakhand rose to 52 on Wednesday, revised figures published by the state government showed. At least five people are missing.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami earlier today visited Kumaon, one of the worst-hit regions in the state, to take stock of the situation. He told reporters there was “massive damage” across the state, and it would take time to return to normalcy. Dhami has sanctioned Rs 10 crore each to district magistrates for relief efforts. Dhami had Tuesday announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of those who had lost their lives.

In its forecast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said rainfall will reduce significantly from Wednesday, with the state likely to stay dry for the rest of the week. Uttarakhand received record-breaking rainfall this week, leading to floods, landslides and destruction of property.

The Army, along with multiple teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and local authorities are conducting rescue and relief operations. The NDRF has, meanwhile, rescued more than 1,300 people from flood-affected areas in the state and enhanced its rescue teams from 15 to 17, the federal force said on Wednesday.

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00:30 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Dalai Lama expresses concern over deaths due to rainfall in Uttarakhand

The Dalai Lama on Wednesday wrote to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressing his deep sadness about the loss of lives and the hardship caused to many people following heavy rainfall in the hill state.

“I offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and pray for them. I also pray for the safety and well-being of people still reportedly trapped under debris and in flooded areas," the Dalai Lama wrote in the letter.

"I very much appreciate that the State Government is engaged in rescue work and is doing its utmost to provide relief to people affected by this calamity," the Nobel laureate said.

As a mark of solidarity with the people of Uttarakhand, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust (DLT) to make a donation towards relief and rescue efforts, the Buddhist spiritual leader added. (PTI)

00:28 (IST)21 Oct 2021
Uttarakhand landslips: 92 out of 96 stranded people from Karnataka safe

As many as 96 people from Karnataka are stranded in Uttarakhand following heavy floods and landslides, of which 92 are confirmed safe, an official said.

According to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority commissioner Manoj Rajan, arrangements have been made to bring those who are confirmed safe. He said that among the four people about whom the KSDMA has no information as of now three are marooned in Badrinath and are incommunicado.

"We have no information about them because they are not reachable due to connectivity issue. We hope they too are safe," Rajan told PTI.

The fourth missing person from Karnataka is a soldier with the Border Security Force (BSF) and the BSF control room has been informed about it, the official said. (PTI)

23:24 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Yatra to Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri resumes

Pilgrimage to the Himalayan temples of Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri resumed on Wednesday with the weather clearing up across Uttarakhand.

The pilgrimage to Badrinath, however, could not resume as the Pipalkoti-Joshinath-Badrinath stretch of the national highway remained blocked at several places due to a landslides, Chardham Devasthanam Board Media incharge Harish Gaud said.

As the weather improved, pilgrims waiting at different stopovers on way to Kedarnath began reaching Sonprayag to visit the temple. (PTI)

23:22 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Haryana, Himachal CMs assure Uttarakhand of all possible help

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday announced acfinancial assistance of Rs 5 crore for Uttarakhand which has been badly hit by rains.

Khattar spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami over the phone and assured him of all possible help from the state.
He said that the entire Haryana stands with the people of Uttarakhand in this difficult hour. Apart from financial assistance, relief material including tents, ration kits, clothes and medicines will also be sent by the Haryana government.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also had a telephonic conversation with his counterpart Pushkar Singh Dhami and assured him of all possible help from the state. Thakur expressed heartfelt condolences to the family members of the deceased and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls. (PTI)

18:37 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Eleven people on trek to Chitkul go missing

Eight trekkers and three cooks accompanying them on a trek to Chitkul in the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh have gone missing, officials said on Wednesday.

The team of eleven people was on a trek to Chitkul via Harsil in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said.

Comprising seven tourists from Kolkata and one from Delhi, the team had left Harsil for Chitkul on October 11 and was supposed to reach there on October 19. However, when it did not reach Chitkul on Tuesday, worried trek organisers informed the Uttarkashi District Disaster Management Office, Patwal said.

An SDRF team is preparing to trace the missing trekkers by a helicopter and rescue them, he said. (PTI)

16:36 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Karnataka sets up help desk for people stranded in Uttarakhand

The Karnataka government has established a help desk for assisting stranded people from the state at various places in rain and flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.

People from the state like passengers, pilgrims, tourists and visitors can use the help desk set up by the state government said, Minister for Revenue R Ashoka, “people can give the information which will be shared to Uttarakhand authorities for immediate action and quick response,” he added.

The help desk numbers of the Karnataka State Emergency Operation Centre are: 080 - 1070 (Toll Free) and 080 - 2234 0676.

15:34 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Situation still serious in flood-hit Uttarakhand: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the Uttarakhand flood victims and urged people to follow safety norms as the situation in the state was still serious. He also asked Congress workers to extend all possible help in the relief work in the flood-hit state.

'My condolences to the Uttarakhand flood victims. The situation is still serious. Do follow the safety norms. My appeal to my Congress colleagues is to extend all possible help in the relief work,' Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

15:30 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Nainital tourists venture out, respite from rain after two days

Tourist town Nainital was returning back to normalcy on Wednesday after being battered by rains which cut off the place from the rest of Uttarakhand, inundated its roads and kept visitors confined to their hotel rooms.

The Kumaon region, under which Nainital falls, has been the worst hit by the rains which began Sunday night, killing at least 46 people in the state as houses collapsed and bridges were washed away by swollen rivers. A furious Gaula river has damaged the tracks at Kathgodam railway station in Nainital, which experienced a record 445 mm rainfall on Tuesday. The district accounts for 29 of the deaths so far.

In Nainital, tourists woke up to a bright morning without a trace of rain on Wednesday and were out on the streets for shopping and sightseeing. Taxis had begun running through the town. (PTI)

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14:30 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Uttarakhand rains: Two missing after landslide in Chamoli
12:16 (IST)20 Oct 2021
NDRF tweets images, videos of rescue ops in Uttarakhand

The NDRF, which has deployed at least 15 teams to Uttarakhand to assist state authorities in rescue and relief efforts, has been tweeting images and videos which capture the devastation in the state. Here are pictures from Chara, Nainital:

And, here's a video of tourists trekking through rubble to safety:

11:52 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Situation becoming normal at Char Dham Yatra, says CM Dhami

Dhami says the state government has prioritised rescuing tourists who are stranded after the heavy rains, and the "situation is slowly becoming normal at Char Dham Yatra", reported PTI. The CM had on Tuesday appealed to tourists to stay put until the rain subsided.

11:42 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Uttarakhand rains: 'Massive damage', says CM Dhami

Chief Minister Dhami says there is "massive damage" across Uttarakhand due to the record-breaking rainfall this week. "There has been massive damage. It will take time to return to normalcy. Roads were washed away, there were landslides, rivers changed their routes, villages were affected, bridges collapsed," he explained, reported ANI.

"We want to clear blocked roads first. Water had entered houses, local admin has been asked to make arrangements to ensure people don't lack food and water. Rs 10 crore each has been sanctioned for all DMs as relief fund," Dhami added.

11:08 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Amit Shah likely to visit Dehradun today

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to go to Dehradun this evening to take stock of the situation, according to a report in PTI.

11:07 (IST)20 Oct 2021
CM Dhami takes stock of situation, day after record-breaking Uttarakhand rains

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami takes stock of the situation in Uttarakhand via an aerial survey. He is visiting Almora and Champawat districts in Kumaon region today, among the worst-hit parts. He has already visited Rudraprayag, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts.

10:19 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Editorial: Flood and fury

The topography of most hilly regions makes them prone to landslides. Deforestation, quarrying, road construction and other land-use changes that pay short shrift to ecology increase vulnerabilities of such areas during episodes of heavy rainfall. Devastation in coasts and hills underlines ecological fragility, calls for revisiting development paradigms. Read The Indian Express editorial

10:07 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Uttarakhand weather forecast: Rains to reduce from today

In its forecast, the India Meteorological Department has said rainfall will reduce significantly from Wednesday, with the state likely to stay dry for the rest of the week.

Uttarakhand, as a whole, received about 122 mm rainfall during the 24-hour period between Monday and Tuesday. The Mukteshwar meteorological station recorded 340 mm rainfall during this period — the highest-ever 24-hour rainfall since the station started recording data in 1897. Pantnagar also recorded its higher-ever rainfall of 403 mm. Read Anjali Marar's report

10:06 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Death toll due to Uttarakhand rains rises to 46

The death toll due to the heavy rains in Uttarakhand rose to 46 on Wednesday, revised figures published by the state government showed.

22:19 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Govt to give Rs 4 lakh to kin of those killed in rain-related incidents

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami met people affected by heavy rainfall in Kumaon and Garhwal regions of the state on Tuesday and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those who had lost their lives in the disaster.

Dhami, who undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas besides interacting with the disaster-affected people in Rudraprayag, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar district, said people need to have patience in this hour of crisis. All necessary arrangements are being made by the state government, he said, adding that there was no need to panic. (PTI)

22:18 (IST)19 Oct 2021
CM chairs review meeting in Haldwani

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami chairs a review meeting in Haldwani over the situation in the state.

21:41 (IST)19 Oct 2021
25-30 trekkers rescued from Gangotri trek by SDRF

Around 25 to 30 trekkers stranded in Gomukh Trek in Uttarakhand were rescued by the State Disaster Response Force personnel late on Monday night. The team of trekkers had got stranded along the Gomukh trek on Monday when the road was blocked by boulders falling from the hills one kilometre ahead of Devgad following incessant rains, SDRF jawan Kuldip Singh said.

An SDRF team left for the spot after the Gangotri police post came to know of the incident late on Monday night. The SDRF personnel reached the stranded trekkers after traversing a difficult terrain amid heavy rains and brought them to Gangotri, Singh said. (PTI)

Uttarakhand floods, Uttarakhand, IMD weather alert, Uttarakhand rain latest news, Uttarakhand rain latest news update Jim Corbett National Park: Hotel guests stand on the roof of Lemon Tree hotel, as the hotel gets flooded with the waters from an overflowing Kosi River in Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand state, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP/PTI Photo)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas on Tuesday, along with state Disaster Management Minister Dhan Singh Rawat and state DGP Ashok Kumar, to assess the damage caused by the rains. He instructed all district magistrates to assess the damages caused to farmers and send him a report at the earliest.

Director General of Uttarakhand Police Ashok Kumar, who accompanied CM Dhami on a visit to the rain-hit areas of the Kumaon region, said roads, bridges and railway tracks have been damaged in Kathgodam and Lalkuan in Nainital and Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar. It will take at least four-five days to repair the damaged tracks, Kumar told PTI.

Uttarakhand floods, Uttarakhand, IMD weather alert, Uttarakhand rain latest news, Uttarakhand rain latest news update Uttarakhand rains: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami takes stock of the situation on Monday. (Twitter/@PIBDehradun)

The severe weather events in Uttarakhand have been triggered by two simultaneous active low-pressure systems, one each over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal regions.

State officials have advised Chardham pilgrims against proceeding to the Himalayan temples until the weather improves, reported news agency PTI. Dhami Tuesday reiterated his appeal to pilgrims to stay where they are, and not to resume their journeys until the situation was better.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Dhami and Union Minister Ajay Bhatt on Tuesday to take stock of the situation. The Prime Minister promised all required help and assistance from the Centre.

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First published on: 19-10-2021 at 11:25 IST
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