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Flash floods maroon 8 Uttaranchal villages
Our Correspondent

Dehra Dun, August 27
Hundreds of villagers in almost 12 flood-affected villages of Udham Singh Nagar district are still stranded. About eight villages have been marooned after the flash floods, officials said. Five persons swept away in the flash floods yesterday are still missing, officials said, adding that the death toll remains two.

As many as 51 persons including children stranded on rooftops and trees, have been brought to safer places, said Mr N.N. Prasad, Secretary, Information. There was a minor breach in the Nanak Sagar dam due to the floods which has been plugged by the Irrigation Department, Mr Prasad said.

An Air Force helicopter and a state helicopter have been pressed into service to carry out rescue and relief operations, officials said. The Air Force chopper is being used to collect supply of food and other relief goods from Haldwani to the affected areas. As many as 700 food packets and medicines were dropped in the affected areas today, officials said.

As many as 26 of the 30 Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam labourers swept away by the waters in Ukhroli village were rescued yesterday. The flash floods have led to huge damage of crops and property in the affected villages near Sittarganj Nakolia, Anjania and Ukroli.

The floods come as bad news for the road, connectivity in the area. With several roads including the Khatima-Tanakpur highway, damaged the area has lost connectivity with Nepal.

State Minister for Health Tilak Raj Behar has appealed to the social and business organisation for help. Next of kin of the dead would be given Rs 50,000 each, officials said. The villagers who have lost their crops and houses would be compensated, they added.

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