The residents of Narayan Nagar village, situated on the outskirts of Nainital, woke up in horror after water and silt entered their homes following sudden rains on Wednesday morning. The villagers rushed here and there with their kids to find a safe place.
The village had been witnessing landslides every year since 2015. Last year, rainwater and silt had entered their houses and now the sudden rains again have left them horrified.
“We do not sleep whenever there is a storm or heavy rainfall. We worry about children, as heavy boulders roll down due to heavy rainfall. When it rained early in the morning, there was silt and loud sound of boulders rolling down, so we hurriedly picked our children, cash and valuables in the house and moved to a safe field,” Shayam Lal, a villager, told HT.
Another villager, Chandra Devi, 55, with tears in her eyes said that the villagers have been suffering the weather blues since 2015. “The monsoon that brings joy to most has become a nightmare for the villagers of Narayan Nagar,” she said. Devi said she could not sleep all night and kept on cleaning the drains to prevent water from entering her house.
Sumit Kumar, municipal councillor of the Narayan Nagar area, said that he has sent applications to the district administration and the state government through the MLA. He said that a plan under Amrit Yojna has been sanctioned and an amount of ₹1.1 crore is expected to be spent on the relief measures.
Rohitash Sharma, the executive officer of the Nainital Nagar Palika, said they have already sent a team to clear the silt in the village. “We will make a project report (to seek money) once the new junior engineer joins,” he added. The former junior engineer was transferred sometime ago.