Uttarakhand rain fury: death toll rises to 5, 12 still missing

Uttarakhand State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams continued their search and rescue operation on Sunday after torrential rains caused havoc in parts of the state, causing flash floods and landslides. Meanwhile, the death toll has risen to 5.

In the Soda-Saroli area of ​​Dehradun, the body of a man was found under the Badasi Bridge on the Song River by an SDRF deep dive team engaged in the search for missing persons operation. Three people were found dead in Tehri Garhwal district and one in Kirti Nagar of Pauri Garhwal on Saturday.

According to the state emergency operations center, 12 people are still missing.

SDRF said they have yet to locate the five members of a family who feared they were trapped under the rubble of a house in Gwar village of Dhanaulti block in Tehri Garhwal district.

The bodies of two of the family members were found on Saturday. SDRF media officer Lalita Negi said they had to stop the search operation at night due to darkness.

She said they were trying to establish communication with the relief operation in Tehri district. “We have no information on the current status of the rescue operation due to network issues,” she said.

An SDRF team rescued a group of pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab stranded in a resort town of Mohan Chatti in Pauri Garhwal district

In the Maldevta area of ​​Dehradun, SDRF personnel rescued 24 pilgrims stranded at a resort. Meanwhile, villagers have been taken to safer locations by alternate routes.

On Saturday, the bridge on the Raipur-Thano road over the Song River that connects 12 villages to other parts of the district was washed away.

Police Director General Ashok Kumar along with MPP Pritam Singh Panwar, District Magistrate Tehri Garhwal, DIG Garhwal Division, SSP Dehradun and SDRF Commander inspected the disaster areas from Kumalda to Tehri Garhwal, Sarkhet and Maldevta in Dehradun and surrounding areas.

He ordered SDRF personnel to prepare alternative connectivity routes for the affected villagers at the earliest and continue the search for missing persons.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Dehradun Center said in its daily bulletin: “Monsoon activity has remained weak over the past 24 hours.” The state received 2.2 mm of precipitation against a normal of 10.3 mm, registering a negative deviation of 79%”.

In its five-day district-level weather forecast report for the next three days, IMD said, “Light to moderate rainfall/thunderstorms are likely to occur at a few locations in the hills and isolated locations in the plains. of Uttarakhand with intense shower at isolated places. places in hills of Uttarakhand.

For next Wednesday, the meteorological service has issued a yellow alert, forecasting heavy rains in isolated places in Dehradun and Bageshwar districts.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday asked experts from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology and HESCO (Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization) to inspect disaster-prone areas and to give their suggestions on the prevention of damage caused by disasters.

The Chief Minister said that the SDRF administration and teams are continuously carrying out relief and rescue operations as well as other arrangements in the disaster affected areas. He said that if there was a need for helicopters, then help from the army would also be taken. State helicopters have also been put on alert mode for disaster areas.

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