Uttarakhand Rains: Death Toll Rises to 46

The death toll in Uttarakhand due to several incidents of flash floods and landslides mounted to 46. The districts of Nainital, Almora and Champawat have accounted for the highest casualties in the Kumaon division.

According to the state’s natural disaster incident report, as many as 12 people have also sustained injuries in the flash floods and landslides that occurred due to heavy rainfall in the past few days.

While one person has died in Champawat’s Banbasa on October 17 following heavy rains, six deaths including three in Pauri, two in Champawat and one in Pithoragarh were reported on October 18, reported Zee News.

On October 19, the state saw 39 deaths, of which, the most number of deaths (28) were recorded in Nainital, followed by six in Almora, two each in Champawat and Udham Singh Nagar, and one in Bageshwar, the report said.

As per reports, 11 people are still missing. 

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami toured the rain-hit areas of Kumaon on Wednesday morning. He had earlier visited affected areas in Rudraprayag, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts. He is also scheduled to visit Khatima, Champawat and Almora.

Dhami has also reportedly directed officials to prepare an estimate of the damage caused by the incessant rainfall. He has also announced to give Rs 4 lakh to the kins of the deceased. 

Later in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also scheduled to visit the rain-hit state to take stock of the situation.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed that he is anguished by the loss of lives due to heavy rainfall in parts of Uttarakhand. 

“May the injured recover soon. Rescue operations are underway to help those affected. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he had tweeted.

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