9 dead in 24 hours: CM Dhami takes stock of rain situation in Uttarakhand

As rainfall lashes in parts of Uttarakhand again after some relief, almost nine people have died in separate rain incidents in just 24 hours. Taking notes from the situation, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has directed all district magistrates to stay on alert. 9 people killed in just 24 hours amid incessant rains in Uttarakhand […]

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As rainfall lashes in parts of Uttarakhand again after some relief, almost nine people have died in separate rain incidents in just 24 hours. Taking notes from the situation, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has directed all district magistrates to stay on alert.

9 people killed in just 24 hours amid incessant rains in Uttarakhand

Amid the incessant rains in the hill state, one person is missing and several others were injured in Gaurikund, the base camp of Kedarnath Yatra. Also, two siblings were killed and third sustained injuries when the hut they were sleeping in was severely hit by a landslide in the wee hours of Wednesday in the village. Reportedly, this is the second landslide in Gaurikund in five days.

Briefing about the recent incidents in the village, Rudraprayag District Disaster Management Officer Nandan Singh Rajwar said that the shack near the helipad in Gaurikund village was hit by a landslide from the top of the hill, burying four of a family in debris.

During the rescue, a woman identified as Janaki emerged unhurt out of the debris while her three kids got buried under it, he said. However, they were rushed to the hospital for further treatment. An 8-year-old girl (Sweety) survived the incident, but sadly her other two infant siblings couldn’t survive the hit of the landslide and they were declared dead at a hospital. Reportedly, the family living in the hut was from Nepal and the father of the deceased infants, a labourer, had gone to his village in Nepal.

Similar landslides incident and its aftermath

Apart from Gaurikund, three people and 20 others were injured in another landslide that happened on August 04 half a kilometre away from the place. According to the officials, Five people were killed and as many injured in two separate road accidents in the past 24 hours in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district.

Speaking to the news agency PTI, State Disaster Response Force official Praveen Rathi said, “Four people, including a father-son duo, died when their car fell into a deep gorge on Tuesday night at Gumkhal.”

Immediately after the incident, SDRF personnel rushed to the spot of the incident and launched the rescue operation.

The team initially brought out three bodies from the gorge to the main road with the help of rope stretchers, Rathi told PTI.

Further, he said that one more occupant of the car remained missing for hours after the accident. However, his body was recovered later.

The deceased were identified as Chandramohan Singh Bisht (62), his son Atul Bisht (35), and two others – Dinesh Singh (63) and Kamal Bisht (45), the SDRF official added.

In a similar accident near Mundaneshwar in Kaljikhal block of the district, one woman was killed and five others were injured when their car fell into an 80-metre deep gorge at 2 pm on Wednesday, the disaster control room in Pauri said.

CM Dhami’s stance on Uttarakhand’s rain situations

Taking a stance on the situation prevailing in Uttarakhand, CM Dhami took an update on the excessive rains pounding the state and asked DMs to remain in alert mode.

Moreover, he asked all departments to keep coordinating among themselves so that rapid action could be taken in case of a disaster.

In order to monitor every situation in the hill state, the chief minister also spoke to the DMs of Rudraprayag, Pauri, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar on the phone and asked them to keep the administrative arrangements ready in advance to deal with any situation that might emerge in areas vulnerable to natural calamities.