Extremely heavy rains forecast today; PM Modi takes stock

Extremely heavy rains forecast today;  PM Modi takes stock

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Uttarakhand Rains Today Last Update: At least 11 deaths were recorded in Uttarakhand on Tuesday, bringing the death toll from rain-related incidents in the state to 16. Uttarakhand has been hit by rains since Sunday, leading to flooding, landslides of land and property destruction.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who canceled all his scheduled events to monitor the situation, said that three Army helicopters would join the rescue operations. Two have been sent to Nainital and one to the Garhwal region.

At least 10 teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already been deployed to the state to carry out rescue operations. Of these, there are two teams in Uttarkashi, and one team each in Dehradun, Chamoli, Almora, Pithoragarh, Haridwar, and Gadarpur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Dhami and Union Minister Ajay Bhatt this morning to take stock of the situation.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast extremely heavy rains in parts of the state today. In the 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Tuesday, significant rains were recorded in Pantnagar (40cm), Mukteshwar Kumaon (34cm) and Tehri (7cm).

Nainital Court; three roads leading to the city blocked

Nainital, a popular tourist destination, has been cut off from the rest of the state as three roads leading to the city have been blocked by landslides.

According to PTI, the Mall Road in Nainital and the Naina Devi Temple located along the shores of Lake Naini have been flooded; a shelter building is damaged by landslides; and about 100 people are trapped at the Lemon Tree resort on the Ramnagar-Ranikhet route.

Uttarakhand rains: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami takes stock of the situation on Monday. (Twitter / @ PIBDehradun)

Viral Video: BRO Rescues Passengers From Car Stuck Near Highway

Border Roads Organization (BRO) staff rescued passengers from a car that got stuck on rocks near Badrinath National Highway Monday. Footage from the video showed an excavation vehicle taking the car to safety amid gushing waters.

There is also a video that goes viral on social media of an elephant stranded in the Gaula River, between Halduchaur and Lalkuan. News agency AND ME reports that the forest department is monitoring its movement and trying to steer it into the forest.

Rains in Uttarakhand: Gujarat CM offers to help Dhami

Gujarat’s Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel offered to help his counterpart in Uttarakhand on Monday, making the necessary arrangements for Gujarati pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand due to the rains. Patel said he was in constant contact with Dhami about the situation in the state.

The severe weather events in Uttarakhand have been triggered by two simultaneous active low pressure systems, one over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal regions.

State Officials have advised the Chardham pilgrims not to proceed to Himalayan temples until the weather improves, the PTI news agency reported. Dhami reiterated on Tuesday his call to pilgrims to stay where they are and not resume their travels until the situation improves.

– With PTI inputs

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