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Incessant rains, flash floods in various regions of state
Dehradun, June 17
Hundreds of stranded pilgrims in Gobind Ghat were evacuated this morning by the Army units and taken to Joshimath, according to a press release by the Central Command headquarters. Further evacuation attempts have been hampered and even disrupted at some places due to extensive landslides in the area.
Army men rescue stranded pilgrims from the Gobind Ghat area of Joshimath, Chamoli, on Monday; and (right) Army men rescue stranded pilgrims from the Gobind Ghat area of Joshimath, Chamoli, on Monday. Tribune photos

Four die as house collapses in Doon district 
Dehradun, June 17
Four deaths were reported in Kashta Mathuti village in Kalsi area of Dehradun district today. The victims were identified as Bhagatnath, 48, his wife Pratima, 40, sons Manojnath,18, and Anupnath, 14. District administration officials reached the site where the house of the

 


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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra suspended
Pithoragarh, June 17
Pilgrims and tourists being provided food at a kitchen set up by the Army at Joshimath on Monday. The annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra has been suspended in view of heavy rains and landslides. "The yatra has been stopped in Bondi in Uttarakhand in view of landslides and heavy rains on the trek route to Gunji. The pilgrims have been accommodated in various locations and the route will be opened again after things get normal," a senior ITBP official said.

Pilgrims and tourists being provided food at a kitchen set up by the Army at Joshimath on Monday.

PM offers all help 
Dehradun, June 17
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked to Uttarakhand Chief Minister today regarding the natural disaster in the state and offered all help in the relief and rehabilitation measures. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inquired about the ground situation in the state after massive damage to life and property following heavy rains, floods and landslides in the state.

Dehradun receives record rainfall
Dehradun, June 17
Jhuggi dwellers try to protect their belongings from flood waters at Chandi Ghat in Haridwar on Monday. A new record of rainfall in Dehradun has been created with the city receiving 370 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. A day earlier, the all-time record of rainfall on a day in the month of June was broken with 220 mm. It was in the year 1925 that Dehradun had received 188 mm of rainfall on a single day in June.

Jhuggi dwellers try to protect their belongings from flood waters at Chandi Ghat in Haridwar on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

City divided into four zones
Dehradun, June 17
Mayor Vinod Chamoli held a meeting with officials of Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) to issue directions to deal with the alarming situation arising out continuous spells of heavy downpour effectively.

BJP cancels jail bharo andolan, extends help to rain-hit
Dehradun, June 17
In the view of the natural disaster occurring in the state, the Uttarakhand BJP today announced the cancellation of the jail bharo andolan that was to take place today in protest against the Centre's policy at Tehri, Uttarkashi, Purola, Pauri, Kotdawar, Rudraparayag, Chamoli, Ranikheth, Bageshwar, Didihaat, Nainital, Almora, and Pithoragarh.


Trail of destruction

A sadhu looks at the swollen Ganga in Haridwar on Monday; a submerged temple at Neeldhara; a car half submerged in flood waters on a road; people wade through knee-deep water in the Bairagi area and Army men shift stranded pilgrims to camps at Joshimath in Chamoli district.
A sadhu looks at the swollen Ganga in Haridwar on Monday; a submerged temple at Neeldhara; a car half submerged in flood waters on a road; people wade through knee-deep water in the Bairagi area and Army men shift stranded pilgrims to camps at Joshimath in Chamoli district. Tribune photos: Rameshwar Gaur 



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Incessant rains, flash floods in various regions of state
Army evacuates hundreds of pilgrims in Gobind Ghat z Gives food, medical aid, shelter to stranded people
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 17
Hundreds of stranded pilgrims in Gobind Ghat were evacuated this morning by the Army units and taken to Joshimath, according to a press release by the Central Command headquarters. Further evacuation attempts have been hampered and even disrupted at some places due to extensive landslides in the area. Food, medical aid and shelter have been provided to hundreds of stranded pilgrims in the area by the Army.
A policeman rescues two schoolchildren in the Bairagi area, Haridwar
A policeman rescues two schoolchildren in the Bairagi area, Haridwar

Following incessant rains and flash floods in various regions of Uttarakhand, the Army has been providing continuous humanitarian aid to thousands of pilgrims in the last 36 hours. Army assistance centres were established in the past 24 hours at several locations, including Harsil, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Joshimath, Gobind ghat, Hanuman Chetti and Dharchula in order to provide information, medical aid, food and water to trapped and hungry pilgrims.

The Army has sent a dozen reconnaissance parties to inaccessible areas with a view to obtaining first-hand information. Five columns are already in location to provide assistance and 10 columns have been kept standby to move at short notice to the flood-affected areas. The Army mobilised these columns without waiting for any request from the civil administration.

Remarkably, many Army units willingly provided relief despite the fact that it's own detachments were too affected by the floods. The Army also provided help to paramilitary personnel at Sela in Pithoragarh district and detachment of mules at Gauri Kund near Kedarnath. Eight quick-reaction-medical teams have established medical aid posts at Rudraprayag, Joshimath, Gobind ghat and Dharchula, providing immediate life-saving medical assistance. Besides, the stranded pilgrims are being given expert and specialist medical advice on telephone via virtual network through Surya Medical Emergency Helpline at 1800 180 5558 and 1800 419 0282.

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Four die as house collapses in Doon district 
Villagers, slum dwellers rescued with rafts
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 17
Four deaths were reported in Kashta Mathuti village in Kalsi area of Dehradun district today. The victims were identified as Bhagatnath, 48, his wife Pratima, 40, sons Manojnath,18, and Anupnath, 14. District administration officials reached the site where the house of the victims had collapsed due to excessive rain. District Magistrate BVRC Purushottam announced assistance to the family members of the deceased.
Houses situated on the bank of the Rispana damaged due to flood water in Dehradun
Houses situated on the bank of the Rispana damaged due to flood water in Dehradun on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir

District Magistrate as well as Additional District Magistrate Harak Singh Rawat led the rescue operations, whereas 23 families of Budhi village were safely evacuated yesterday. The villagers had got trapped after the swelling Asan river surrounded their houses from all sides. The operations went on throughout the night. Villagers were rescued through rafts. Purushottam also gave directions to evacuate slum dwellers who are living close to Bindal river.

The district administration is sending relief teams as per information it was getting through disaster control room. Damage to property was reported in Kalsi Garor and Dasau in Chakrata. Three tin shed houses and a pucca house in Gobindgarh Azad Colony got damaged in the gushing rain water. A house in Doon's Vihar Jakhan area, a small bridge on Sevla Kala Chanderbani Road, huts on Haridwar Road and a 75-metre embankment near Bindal river got washed away under the heavy current of water. Disaster control room received 175 calls by 4 in the afternoon. 

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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra suspended
Our Correspondent

Pithoragarh, June 17
The annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra has been suspended in view of heavy rains and landslides. "The yatra has been stopped in Bondi in Uttarakhand in view of landslides and heavy rains on the trek route to Gunji. The pilgrims have been accommodated in various locations and the route will be opened again after things get normal," a senior ITBP official said.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) guards the yatra and pilgrims. The annual pilgrimage that goes into Tibet had commenced last week after the first batch of 53 pilgrims from Delhi had reached Kathgodam in Pithoragarh. The second batch of the pilgrims that started from New Delhi has been stopped at Almora following heavy rains and disruption of road traffic.

A total of 18 batches of pilgrims are scheduled to have a glimpse of holy mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and take a holy bath in the sacred lake of Mansarovar.

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PM offers all help 
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 17
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked to Uttarakhand Chief Minister today regarding the natural disaster in the state and offered all help in the relief and rehabilitation measures. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inquired about the ground situation in the state after massive damage to life and property following heavy rains, floods and landslides in the state.

The Prime Minister reportedly expressed grief at the loss of life and property and assured the Chief Minister that the Central Government would provide all possible help to the state government to cope with the situation. He said that he had directed the Cabinet Secretary to be in touch with Uttarakhand Chief Secretary to know the latest situation and coordinate the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Guv expresses concern

Governor Aziz Qureshi has expressed concern over the loss of lives and property due to incessant rain in the state.

The Governor said he was worried about the problems being faced by the local people, tourists and pilgrims due to the natural disaster. He is taking information regarding the situation on a regular basis and making all efforts to ensure that the state and Central governments provides all possible help . The Governor has called upon all government and non-government organisations to come forward to help the people affected by the disaster.

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Dehradun receives record rainfall
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 17
A new record of rainfall in Dehradun has been created with the city receiving 370 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. A day earlier, the all-time record of rainfall on a day in the month of June was broken with 220 mm. It was in the year 1925 that Dehradun had received 188 mm of rainfall on a single day in June.

Another record has also been broken of total rainfall in Dehradun with the city already getting 822 mm of rainfall in the month till today against the record of 964 mm in the month of June in the year 1966.

''There is possibility that the record of 1966 would be broken with more rainfall expected in the coming days of June,'' said Anand Sharma, Director of Meteorological Department.

However, the department has alerted that heavy to very heavy rains could lash Uttarakhand in the next 24 hours. The situation would improve after June 18,  predicted Anand Sharma. 

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City divided into four zones

Dehradun, June 17
Mayor Vinod Chamoli held a meeting with officials of Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) to issue directions to deal with the alarming situation arising out continuous spells of heavy downpour effectively.

Chamoli divided the city into four zones. There will be one junior engineer and a sanitary supervisor, besides two teams, each comprising five employees equipped with sanitary equipments for each zone. The team will solve the problems of victims and also coordinate with the control room, set up in office of District Magistrate.

Three employees of the DMC have been deputed in the control room of the DM's office as well to maintain coordination between the district administration and the DMC over rescue and relief operations. The higher officials have been directed to remain in touch over the operations. Chamoli also directed to arrange for water pumps to provide quick relief to the water-logged areas in the city. Representatives of Doon Valley Waste Management Project have been asked to provide two four-wheeler vehicles to the DMC.

Chamoli said since the DM had been sanctioned Rs 3 crore for development work, he directed all the engineers to visit their respective areas and send estimates regarding construction of barricading around drains to him by tomorrow,so that he could forward the proposal to DM. He directed the engineers to inspect the trenching ground and ensure that the garbage was not thrown on the road. He said it was seen that since the passage leading to trenching ground had become blocked due to rain, the sanitary workers were throwing garbage on the road itself. He deputed three sanitary supervisors to monitor the activity from today onwards. He also directed the officials to keep their mobile phones on so that people did not face any difficulty in contacting them. TNS

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BJP cancels jail bharo andolan, extends help to rain-hit
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 17
In the view of the natural disaster occurring in the state, the Uttarakhand BJP today announced the cancellation of the jail bharo andolan that was to take place today in protest against the Centre's policy at Tehri, Uttarkashi, Purola, Pauri, Kotdawar, Rudraparayag, Chamoli, Ranikheth, Bageshwar, Didihaat, Nainital, Almora, and Pithoragarh.

At the initiative of Uttarakhand BJP chief Teerath Singh Rawat, the party decided to cancel the andolan and instead deputed teams to assess the ground situation in the disaster-hit districts.

Leader of the Opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly Ajay Bhatt said the BJP would extend all help to the state government in tackling the situation arising out of the disaster. 

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