New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Eleven more deaths were reported in Uttarakhand on Tuesday as incessant rain continued to lash various parts of the state, especially the Kumaon region, razing houses to the ground and leaving many trapped in the debris. The death toll in rain-related incidents in the state in the last two days has risen to 25. Nainital was cut off from the rest of the state with three roads leading to the popular tourist spot blocked due to a series of landslides.

Eleven deaths in rain related-incidents were reported on Tuesday, while many people are feared trapped in rubble following cloudbursts and landslides, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami told reporters in Dehradun. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand DGP said that around 24-25 people have been so far died due to the incessant rains in the state. 

Three Army helicopters will soon arrive in the state to assist in relief and rescue operations, out of which, two are to be sent to Nainital district where heavy rains have caused massive damages, with houses collapsing in cloudbursts, landslides killing people and leaving many trapped in the rubble. One of these helicopters will assist in rescue operations in the Garhwal region, Dhami said.

Cloud burst reported in Nanital's Ramgarh:

An incident of cloudburst has been reported in a village of Ramgarh in Nainital district today morning. According to Nainital Senior Superintendent of Police, Priti Priyadarshini, some injured have been rescued from the spot where the cloudburst has occurred. However, she said that the actual number of the injured people is yet to be ascertained, adding that several others are feared trapped under the debris.

Nainital has been witnessing heavy rains for the last 2 days causing the overflowing of the Nainital lake. The overflowing water from the lake has inundated the streets in the city while several buildings have also been flooded due to the overflowing water.

Meanwhile, around 100 people were stuck inside a resort located at Ramnagar-Ranikhet route. The incessant rains led to the overflowing of the Kosi River blocking the route to the resort. However, a senior police official has said that rescue operations are underway and stranded tourists are safe inside the resort premises.

Debris blocks Badrinath Highway:

The Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand has been completely blocked due to debris at seven places following incessant rains over the last 48 hours, the district administration said on Tuesday. There has been a power cut as well since Monday night in several areas including the district headquarters. According to the district administration, 2,500 devotees, who had gone to Badrinath, are still stationed at the Badrinath Temple waiting for the highway to re-open. The water level in the Nandakini River has also risen significantly raising an alarm. As per Meteorological Centre Dehradun, Chamoli received 19.8 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

BRO rescues people stuck inside a car trapped in overflowing water:

Meanwhile, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Monday rescued occupants of a car that got trapped in near the swollen Lambagad nallah near Badrinath National Highway.

State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and police rescued around 22 devotees stuck at Jungle Chatti who were returning from Kedarnath Temple. They were shifted to Gauri Kund. One 55-year-old devotee, who found it difficult to walk was shifted on a stretcher.

Under-construction bridge washed away:

An under-construction bridge, over a raging Chalthi River in Champawat, washed away due to a rise in the water level caused by incessant rainfall in parts of Uttarakhand.

Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel had a telephonic conversation with Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami to provide necessary assistance to the pilgrims from Gujarat who are stranded there due to natural calamity and rains in Uttarakhand. 

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan