Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat (File Photo/ANI)
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat (File Photo/ANI)

Trivendra Singh Rawat directs administration to speed up relief, rescue ops in Chamoli

ANI | Updated: Aug 12, 2019 17:43 IST

Chamoli (Uttarakhand) [India], Aug 12 (ANI): Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat directed the administration to speed up the rescue and relief operations in Chamoli district, which has been majorly affected due to incessant rains.
Rawat expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased who lost their lives due to heavy rains in Chamoli Ghat.
He has also directed the administration to provide financial help to the affected people in the district, at the soonest.
Earlier today, six people were killed following a cloudburst in Chamoli's Ghat area, Uttarakhand's State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) said.
According to the officials, three deaths were reported from Lakhee village, while two persons lost their lives in Banjbagar village. Another death was reported from Auli village, they said, adding that several houses were washed away following the cloudburst.
The state has been receiving heavy rainfall in the past few days, causing several landslides and the rivers to swell.
Predicting no relief, the India Meteorological Department has also forecasted widespread and heavy rainfall in the state for the next three days.
In the wake of heavy rains and cloud burst in the hilly areas across the state, the Ganges was flowing barely 10 centimetres below the danger level mark on August 9.
The danger level mark is 339.50 metres and the Ganges is flowing at 339.40 metres mark.
If the river flows above the danger mark, it could prove dangerous to the plains. (ANI)