In the early morning hours of Thursday, a flash flood struck a village in Uttarakhandâ€™s Tehri district, killing at least six persons, including a child. The administrative officers have said that so far 5 dead bodies have recovered so far. The Navthana village where a massive cloudburst caused the floods falls under the Ghansai sub-division of the state.
Central Industrial Security Force has undertaken the rescue operation at the site, along with local disaster management centre and fire brigade unit. The district magistrate of Tehri Yugul Kishore is currently camping at the site, which is located about 60 km from the Tehri district headquarters. Kishore said about six houses have also been buried under the debris.
This is the second such disastrous incident in the state in past week, as only a couple of days earlier, heavy rains led to a landslide, killing six persons in Pithoragarh district.
Uttarakhand is one of the worst hit states, constantly witnessing natural disasters caused due to heavy rains. Landslides and flash floods in the state are frequent occurrences during monsoon season.
Torrential rainfall in the Garhwal Himalayas, triggered fresh landslides at 25 places, blocking more than 150 main roads in Uttarakhand, among which are roads linking Rudraprayag to Kedarnath, Rishikesh to Gangotri and Rishikesh to Yamnotri.
The state government was forced to halt Kedarnath yatra routes as the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway too was severely affected by landslides. Rudrapryag, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Pauri and Tehri districts have also been affected by landslides.
A 400-member joint Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and PWD team has been sent out to lift debris and clear the roads.News Source: The Republic News Network