Uttarakhand: At Least 34 Dead, 5 Missing As Rains Batter Hill State

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At least 34 people have lost their lives and five are missing due to the incessant rain in several parts of Uttarakhand, news agency ANI quoted Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami as saying.

He also announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased. Those who lost their houses will be given Rs 1.09 lakhs, he said.

“So far 34 deaths, 5 missing in Uttarakhand rains. Rs 4 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased, those who lost their houses will be given Rs 1.09 lakhs. Possible help to be extended to those who lost their livestock,” he said.

Teams of NDRF and Air Force were pressed into action to rescue people stuck in flood-affected areas.

CM Dhami Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have been briefed on the current situation in the state. He also conducted an aerial survey of areas affected due to heavy rainfall.

As a precautionary measure, the Badrinath Yatra has also been halted and passengers en route to Badrinath were stopped in safe places.

According to the State Disaster Management Secretary, Uttarakhand has recorded more than 200mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. The Indian Metrological Department has also predicted a significant reduction in rainfall activity from today in the state.

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