Fresh landslides as rain lashes U'khand

Fresh landslides as rain lashes U'khand

Moderate to heavy rain in most places in Uttarakhand on Tuesday triggered fresh incidents of landslides and cloudbursts across the state.

A road that led to a school was damaged due to a cloudburst in Gadoli village, Pauri district, where intermittent rain continued to affect normal life. Incessant overnight rain in Chamoli district caused fresh landslides at a number of places, including Deval, where two vehicles parked along the roadside got buried under the debris, officials added.

Several houses were hit by mud and slush brought over by the landslides at Gauchar.
Cracks have appeared in at least 14 houses in Deosari village, forcing their occupants to seek shelter at safer locations nearby, the officials said.

Intermittent rain in Chamoli district has affected transportation of food grains to affected villages as choppers could not fly for the second consecutive day due to low visibility.

The Bhagirathi is on the rise in Uttarkashi due to heavy rain, whereas Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri national highways are blocked at several places due to debris from the hills.
A portion of a house collapsed due to overnight rain at Raiwala. However, no one was injured as its occupants were away when the incident occurred.

Rain water gushed into an Anganwadi Kendra in Sunderwala area, prompting authorities to close it for two days.

Meanwhile, accusing the Vijay Bahuguna government of being in a “state of slumber” even after the recent calamity, BJP leader and former chief minister B C Khanduri said hundreds of precious lives could have been saved if the authorities had responded to the situation in time. “First the state government ignored the Met office warnings of heavy rain on June 14. Then it slept over the tragedy which occurred on June 17 leaving hundreds of helpless pilgrims to fend for themselves and perish,” he told reporters here on his return from a visit to affected areas.

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