Uttarakhand rain: PM Modi dials CM Pushkar Dhami, cloudburst in Nainital, Char Dham Yatra halted
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami and Union Minister of State for Defence and Tourism Ajay Bhatt and reviewed the situation on the ground due to heavy rains.
Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand with at least 8 lives being lost in rain-related incidents in the state. Among the dead were three labourers from Nepal who were buried alive when the tent they were residing in at Samkhal near Pauri district's Lansdowne was hit by a landslide.
On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami and Union Minister of State for Defence and Tourism Ajay Bhatt and reviewed the situation on the ground due to heavy rains. The Prime Minister assured the state that the Centre will extend all possible assistance to tide over the crisis.
The Prime Minister's call came amid reports coming in of an incident of cloudburst has been reported in Ramgarh village in the Nainital district. A team of Police and administration rushed to the spot The NDRF teams have been deployed to assist in rescue operations. The Char Dham Yatra has been temporarily suspended by the Uttarakhand government. The pilgrims, who had arrived in Haridwar and Rishikesh, have been directed not to proceed further till the weather improves. The movement of vehicles towards the hill temples has been suspended for now.
The water level at Naini Lake has been rising alarmingly. Landslides have blocked all three highways to Nainital, practically cutting it off from the rest of the state. Many tourists who had arrived in Nainital around Dussehra are reportedly trapped in the hill town due to inclement weather. Union Home Minister Amit Shah too spoke to Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami on the phone to review the measures being adopted by the state government and assured him of all possible help.