Six persons including one nine month old girl and two eight year old girls died after their homes collapsed following heavy rain in three villages of Ghat Tehsil in Chamoli district on Monday morning. Four homes were destroyed, five damaged and 46 domesticated animals including cattle and goats were also killed in these villages.
According to information received from the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), at about 5:40 AM on Monday, heavy rain/cloudburst was reported in Banjbagad, Aali and Lakhi villages of Ghat Tehsil in Chamoli district. The resulting collapse of homes caused the death of 35 year old Rupa Singh and her nine month old daughter Chanda in Banjbagad village. In Aali village, 21 year old Naurati was reported to have died. In the Lakhi village, eight year old sisters Arti and Anjali along with 23 year old Ajay Lal were reported to have died. On receiving information about the disaster, the revenue department team, disaster management team, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team and local police reached the sites of the disasters and began search and rescue efforts along with the local residents. Meanwhile, 24 rural motor roads in the district have remained closed to traffic with efforts underway to open these.
Meanwhile, in Dehradun, the bodies of two students of UPES who were swept away while bathing in the Nimi river in Bidholi on Sunday were found on Monday. They have been identified as Dehradun resident Abhishek Kandpal and Delhi native Mihir Bateja.
Expressing grief at the deaths and destruction caused by heavy rain in Ghat Tehsil of Chamoli district, the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat directed the Chamoli district magistrate to execute rescue and relief works swiftly. Necessary financial assistance and other relief should also be provided to those affected by the disaster. According to information provided by the Chamoli district administration, rescue and relief works were started as soon as information about the disasters was received. Relief material has also been sent to the affected areas. Further, expressing grief at the incident wherein two students were swept away in a river in Dehradun, the chief minister said that the level of water in seasonal rivers can rise suddenly. He has appealed to the public, especially the youth to avoid going for picnics near rivers and waterfalls in view of the heavy rains being experienced these days.