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Minor swept away in heavy rains in Uttarakhand, body recovered

A minor girl was swept away during heavy rainfall in Uttarkashi district on Friday night and her body was found on Saturday, officials said

dehradun Updated: Jun 02, 2018 21:55 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
Hail and accompanying strong winds uprooted trees at several places in Dehradun on Friday night. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

A minor girl was swept away during heavy rainfall in Uttarkashi district on Friday night and her body was found on Saturday, officials said.

Heavy rainfall was reported from several parts of Uttarakhand. Damage to properties was from Pauri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Dehradun and Tehri districts.

An State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) official said the force got information that a family was swept away in the flood-like situation in Uttarkashi district’s Gangtadi village on late Friday night.

The family of Nepali-origin had gone to wash clothes near a stream when it started overflowing due to heavy rains, the official said.

Rescue teams saved the 12-year-old Savitri’s parents -- Ram and Sia but the girl was swept away. On Saturday morning, the girl’s body was recovered from Sarbadiyar stream.

“The family was employed as labourers here. I will have to look into possibilities of providing compensation,” said Ashish Kumar Shrivastava, Uttarakashi district magistrate.

The MeT department in Dehradun forecast rainfall for the next 24 hours. Hail or squall with speed reaching up to 70 to 80 kmph is likely to occur at isolated paces in the state.

The hailstorm killed four animals in Pauri district. In Dehradun, the hailstorm uprooted trees at places such as Buddha Chowk, Sahastradhra crossing, Dwarka store Chowk, RTO office and RISPANA bridge.

Several uprooted trees fell on electric poles disrupting power supply in the city for over 15 hours.

The Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre (DMMC) on Saturday said a tree branch fell over a vehicle in Budam village in Champawat on Friday evening. The driver was injured and died on the way to hospital.

In US Nagar on Saturday morning, a railing on a rooftop fell over two people, who were injured and admitted to a hospital.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has sought detailed information on the damage caused by the severe storm/hailstorm on Friday evening from State Emergency Operation Centre and asked all the district magistrates to be alert.

He said any incident of disaster should be conveyed to senior officials immediately. There is need to be extra vigilant over the next three months, he said.

He also asked the district magistrates to be prepared to deal with any kind of disaster and respond urgently to such situations.

Strict action should be taken against officials and employees showing laxity in tackling their responsibilities, Rawat said.

He said telephone numbers of pradhans of gram panchayats should be updated so that they could be contacted in case of an emergency.

Uttarkashi and Pauri received 28 mm of rain Friday evening while Dehradun received a rainfall of 40 mm.

In Nainital district, a nullah overflowed due to debris causing damage in the area. The road leading from Betalghat to Ramnagar was also damaged at several points.

Nainital district magistrate Vinod Kumar Suman said the Betalghat aea had witnessed heavy rains and not a cloudburst.

Janmejay Khanduri, who is the senior superintendent of Police, Nainital, said the situation was under control and there was no need to deploy the SDRF teams. (With input from PTI and Abhinav Madhwal in Haldwani)

First Published: Jun 02, 2018 21:55 IST