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Indian Army conducts rescue ops in Uttarakhand's Dharchula, provides medical aid to locals

IndiaTimes Saturday, 1 August 2020
Troops of the Indian Army conducted rescue operations in Uttarakhand's Dharchula on Saturday following heavy rains in the region, informed the Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG PI), IHQ of MoD (Army).
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Dharchula Dharchula city in Uttarakhand, India

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Several houses were damaged due to heavy downpour in Uttarakhand’s Dharchula. Residents have requested the local administration to allow them to look for their belongings under the debris. The debris of the damaged houses has also blocked the roads in the area. Local administration has made arrangements for people to move to a safer place. "There has been extensive damage due to rainfall. We’ve made it a priority to keep people safe then save their properties," said Anil Kumar Shukla, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Dharchula. He added, “People want to retrieve their properties that are under the debris. We are trying to get it done with the help of machines.” Meanwhile, Badrinath National Highway has been shut due to landslide. The landslide occurred in Pursadi village of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. National Highways & other teams are working to clear the roads. Watch the full video for more.

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Residents of Banga Pani tehsil in Uttarakhand's Dharchula district requested the local administration to allow them to look for their personal belongings that are still under the debris and in their damaged houses. Several houses were damaged due to rainfall in the month of July and August in Dharchula district. Speaking to ANI, the SDM of Dharchula, Anil Kumar Shukla said, "There was extensive damage due to rainfall. We had made it priority to keep people safe, then save their properties and clear blocked roads." "Work is almost complete. People want to retrieve properties from damaged houses. We are seeing that it is done with the help of machines," he added.

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Road between Tawaghat and Darma valley in Dharchula town of Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district remained blocked due to landslide following incessant rainfall. Locals had complained that their normal life is affected due to closure of the road. While speaking to ANI, the SDM of Dharchula, Anil Kumar Shukla said, "Work is on. Road will be cleared within 5-6 days. Several roads are blocked in the district due to incessant rainfall this year." "Houses are damaged and people have died. We are carrying out operations to clear roads. Road from Tawaghat to Darma valley is blocked," he added.

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