Congress MLA Harish Dhami slipped and fell into flooded rivulet in Pithoragarh due to sudden rise in water level in Dharchula area. People accompanying him managed to get him out of the flowing rivulet. He received minor injuries.
While addressing a press conference in Dehradun on September 18, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "Our government has completed 3.5 years today. We have been practising zero-tolerance towards corruption and have fulfilled 80-85% of the promises that we made to people."
Police launched a drive to search for skeletons of people who went missing in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag in 2013 Kedarnath disaster. Search operation is underway at Gaurikund-Kedarnath tracking route to find missing people of Kedarnath tragedy. Speaking to ANI, the Garhwal Range IG Abhinav Kumar said, "There is a discrepancy in the number of missing people and bodies recovered. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test of skeletons will be done." This drive is being conducted jointly by state police and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force). A total of 10 teams have been deployed at various track routes including the Gaurikund-Kedarnath by the state government for this search operation. It is worth noticing that the state government had conducted several search operations in this regard in the past six years also, in which more than 600 skeletons have been found. The search drive which started from September 16 will conclude on September 22.
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.
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.
A team of ITBP troops carried the body of a pony operator for 8 hours in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh area. They walked for 25 kms before handing it over to his family. The trek was undertaken on Aug 30 after the body was lying in Syuni village near Bugdayar of Pithoragarh district. A team of eight personnel started the trek at 11:30 AM from the village and reached Munsyari village at 7:30 PM on the same day. They traversed the narrow mountain bends witnessing heavy rains & landslides. Watch the full video for more.
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The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans on Saturday rescued an injured woman in a remote Uttarakhand village, carrying her on a stretcher for 15 hours through flooded drains, landslide zone areas, and slippery slopes to reach a distant road 40 kilometres ahead from where she was eventually evacuated to a hospital. According to the force, a total of 25 jawans were part of the team which rescued the woman from the remote village of Laspa of Munsyari division in Pithoragarh district, which has been affected badly by monsoons this year. "In a great effort, the personnel of the 14th Battalion of the ITBP braved all odds to rescue an injured local woman and take her to the nearest road, facing all hardships in a bad monsoon hit area. The woman had earlier fallen accidentally from a hillside near a remote village in Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand," it added.
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The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) constructed a 180-feet-long Bailey bridge in the cloudburst and landslide-hit Jauljibi sector of Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand. The bridge will provide essential support in rehabilitating the villages. The cloudburst and landslide hit Jauljibi-Munsiyari road on July 27. A 50-meter span concrete bridge was completely washed out. BRO completed a 180-ft Bailey bridge on August 16. Many fatalities were also reported due to the landslide and road communication was also broken. The BRO mobilised its bridging resources and set up to construct a 180-feet-long bridge. The biggest challenge was to transport the required resources to the site from Pithoragarh amidst frequent landslides and heavy rains. Speaking to ANI, Colonel Somendra Banerjee said, "The bridge on this nullah was washed away in flash floods following cloudburst on July 27." This connectivity will bring relief to about 20 villages and estimated population of 15,000. The constructed bridge has resumed road communication of 66-kilometre road starting from Jauljibi to Munsiyari.