Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) search for survivors during a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.(REUTERS)
Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) search for survivors during a rescue operation at the site of a landslide in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.(REUTERS)

7 killed, 3 bodies recovered after landslide hits Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh

  • A 23-year-old woman went missing last week in Joshi village of Dharchula sub-division of Pithoragarh.
Written by Susmita Pakrasi | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2021 10:32 AM IST

At least seven people were feared dead after their houses were hit by debris and muck due to cloud burst in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district, a senior official said on Monday. "The disaster occurred in Jamri and Tarkot hamlets in Jumma village when heavy rains led to debris and muck hitting the houses. So far, three bodies have been recovered and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team is searching for the other missing persons of the village,” Ashish Chauhan, Pithoragarh’s district magistrate, said.

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said earlier in the day that two people were killed and five others were buried under debris in the village, around 125km from the district headquarters. “Instructions have been given to the district magistrate to intensify the rescue mission. I pray to God for the safety of the people trapped there," Dhami’s tweet roughly translated from Hindi read.

Pithoragarh district magistrate Chauhan told news agency ANI that teams of the SDRF and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have been sent to Jumma village. “Relief materials are also being sent," he said.

Pithoragarh district has been receiving incessant rainfall for the last four to five days, leading to several incidents of landslides. A 23-year-old woman went missing last week in Joshi village of Dharchula sub-division of Pithoragarh, reports news agency PTI.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a yellow alert in the Nainital, Bageshwar, and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand for August 29-30, forecasting heavy rainfall in these areas. The situation prevailing in the state is such that due to heavy rains, dozens of roads have been damaged, bridges have been washed away and many areas have been submerged.

Chief minister Dhami on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of disaster-hit areas in the Garhwal division of the state, which has been affected by heavy rains. He surveyed the disaster affected areas of Devprayag, Totaghati, Tindhara, Kaudiyala, Rishikesh, Ranipokhari, Narendranagar, Fakot and Chamba of Garhwal division.

Heavy rains in Uttarakhand have caused a lot of destruction and 166 roads in the state, including the Badrinath and Gangotri highways, have been closed. The Rishikesh-Badrinath road has been put on red alert due to incessant rains, reported news agency ANI.

The Rishikesh-Gangotri highway (NH-94) was closed for vehicular traffic from Narendra Nagar to Chamba on Friday after a large portion of it was breached following heavy rains in Fakot and was blocked at a number of places due to landslide debris. It was opened for light vehicular traffic movement on Saturday.

"Teams of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have been sent to Jumma village. Relief materials are also being sent," Chauhan said, according to news agency ANI.

Pithoragarh district has been receiving incessant rainfall for the last four to five days, leading to several incidents of landslides. A 23-year-old woman went missing last week in Joshi village of Dharchula sub-division of Pithoragarh, reports news agency PTI.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a yellow alert in the Nainital, Bageshwar, and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand for August 29-30, forecasting heavy rainfall in these areas. The situation prevailing in the state is such that due to heavy rains, dozens of roads have been damaged, bridges have been washed away and many areas have been submerged.

Dhami on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of disaster-hit areas in the Garhwal division of the state, which has been affected by heavy rains. He surveyed the disaster affected areas of Devprayag, Totaghati, Tindhara, Kaudiyala, Rishikesh, Ranipokhari, Narendranagar, Fakot and Chamba of Garhwal division.

Heavy rains in Uttarakhand have caused a lot of destruction and 166 roads in the state, including the Badrinath and Gangotri highways, have been closed. The Rishikesh-Badrinath road has been put on red alert due to incessant rains, reported news agency ANI.

The Rishikesh-Gangotri highway (NH-94) was closed for vehicular traffic from Narendra Nagar to Chamba on Friday after a large portion of it was breached following heavy rains in Fakot and was blocked at a number of places due to landslide debris. It was opened for light vehicular traffic movement on Saturday.

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