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U’khand: 23 hydel project workers among 34 dead

The death toll in the landslides,cloudburst and flash floods that followed incessant rain in Uttarakhand reached 34 as ITBP and police personnel on Sunday searched the debris of flattened homes in the rain-affected state

Written by Press Trust Of India | Dehradun |
August 6, 2012 3:26:19 am

The death toll in the landslides,cloudburst and flash floods that followed incessant rain in Uttarakhand reached 34 as ITBP and police personnel on Sunday searched the debris of flattened homes in the rain-affected state.

Six people were still missing in Uttarkashi district,said a top government official. “In Uttarkashi alone,31 people have been killed and six are still missing following heavy rain,” District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar said.

Twenty-three workers of the state-run UJVN Ltd’s Assi Ganga hydel project,who went missing early Saturday following a cloudburst in the upper hills of Uttarkashi district,have now been declared dead. “We are now counting these 23 workers in the list of dead people,” said Kumar.

Elsewhere in the state,three people were killed in Chamoli district following heavy rain since Saturday.

During the past two days,incessant rain battered the hill state triggering landslides,cloudbursts and flash floods which flattened homes and stranded hundreds of pilgrims with the Chardham yatra coming to a grinding halt.

The Garhwal region bore the brunt of the natural disaster in the wake of heavy rain with the government sounding a high alert in the state.

The Army has also been alerted in the wake of the heavy rain in the hill state.

The government has launched relief and rescue operations and has sent food packets to the people who have been affected. Nearly 250 families have already been taken to safer areas in different parts of Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts.

Kumar said only six people are now missing from different parts of the district. “We have launched a manhunt to trace the missing people,” he said. Efforts were on to reopen blocked highways leading to Chardham yatra as scores of pilgrims were still stranded at various places at Uttarkashi,Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts.

Meanwhile,Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was monitoring the situation and held a meeting with chief secretary Alok Kumar Jain to discuss the situation. Bahuguna asked the concerned authorities to speed up rescue and relief operation in the disaster-hit areas.

He also asked the officers to reopen roads leading to the pilgrim shrines so that the stranded pilgrims can go home.

Official sources said that the chief minister would shortly visit the rain-hit areas of the state to take stock of the situation. The government is also sending a report to the centre for a relief package.

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