Watch: Building swept away in India flooding

Posted on: August 6th, 2012

The situation remained grim in the cloudburst-hit Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand on Sunday as authorities struggled to restore power and water supply in many villages.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to chief minister Vijay Bahuguna on phone and enquired about the situation. He assured the hill state of all help from the central government to deal with the crisis.

Later in the day, the CM toured the affected areas. During the past two days, incessant rains have battered the hill state triggering landslides, cloud bursts and flash floods which flattened homes and left stranded hundreds of pilgrims.

Nine people have lost their lives and 23 others, including four employees of the Uttarakhand Power Corporation, gone missing in the cloudburst that hit the district on Friday night. ITBP and police personnel searched debris of flattened homes and dug rubbles to look for more bodies.

The power generation in the hill state had virtually come to a halt on Saturday after most of the major hydel projects reported heavy silt that stopped the turbines, officials said.

The floods have also caused damage to three small hydel projects of the state-run UJVN Ltd in Uttarkashi district.

‘We are trying our best to resume the power generation from at least four hydel projects today,’ said G. P. Patel, managing director of the UJVN Ltd.

The flash floods have damaged assets worth crores of rupees in the district. So far 250 families have been evacuated and shifted to safer places, including in relief camps.

A high alert has been sounded in the hill state in the wake of heavy rains and floods. The district administration has ordered closure of all educational institutes for a week.

On Sunday, tankers were supplied to meet the water demand in Uttarkashi town. Gangotri remained disconnected from the rest of the world for the second successive day, as its connecting bridge got swept away by the flash flood. About 250 tourists were reportedly stranded in Gangotri area.

The district administration has deployed the Border Roads Organisation for making a temporary bridge at Gangotri to evacuate the stranded tourists and villagers. Meanwhile, rains lashed parts of North India on Sunday where many rivers were running above the danger mark.

Major rivers in Uttar Pradesh crossed the danger mark as monsoon remained active over the state. The Capital recorded a maximum of 35.5 degrees Celsius, two more than normal, and a minimum of 27.5 degrees Celsius, one more than the usual.

The city received 0.8 mm of rain.

Src: mail online india

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