Source: News Bharati English04 Jul 2016 08:36:35

Dehradun, July 4: In wake of the bad climatic conditions in the hilly state of Uttarakhand, almost all major rivers are flowing near the danger marks and in view of this the authorities have asked the people living in low lying areas to move to safer places. Also, the Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway is still blocked at some places. Gangotri and Yamunotri national highways have also been disrupted at several places in Uttarakashi district.
The BRO and PWD personnel are pressed into service to reopen all the three yatra routes. Relief and rescue operations are underway at war footing in the villages following heavy rains and cloud burst.

The death toll in Pithoragarh and Chamoli districts of state has risen to 16. In seven villages including Bastari under Didihat tehsil of Pithoragarh, 13 people have been rescued alive from the debris and they are under treatment in the hospital. So far 10 dead bodies have been recovered, while about 17 people are still buried under the debris. In four villages of Chamoli district, six people have been killed, while three others are missing.

Earlier, asserting that the situation was now under control and that there was no cause to panic, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that the state government is completely mobilized to ensure that aid was provide to those affected by the natural calamity, adding that round the clock vigil was being maintained.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Sunday said the situation is under control, adding there is no need to panic. "I will be holding discussions with district officials and other authorities today, but the situation is fine and there is no need to panic," Rawat told media agencies. Rawat also said he would meet the district authorities to discuss the ordeal of the people in wake of the heavy rains across the state.

He further said that few villages have been devastated after the cloudburst in the state. "We have restored the roads in major areas. But as of now, the major problem is at Thal road and I hope it will also be restored soon," he added.

"In Bastadi village of Pithoragarh, we regret that we couldn't take people out of their homes quickly after the worst-hit cloudburst," he added. Meanwhile, the relief and rescue operation is going on at war footing in the villages of Uttarakhand following heavy rains and cloud burst.

Yatra on the Kedarnath route is going on uninterrupted and continued efforts are being made to open the Badrinath national highway which was blocked at some places in Chamoli district since last three days. Meanwhile, Rawat has asked the Deputy Commissioners to ensure that the yatris to the Chardhams are not stranded on the route.