Uttarakhand rainfall news: At least 16 people have died across the state over the past two days while several roads, houses and bridges have been washed away. A cloudburst has also been reported in Nainital.
Top updates on Uttarakhand rains:
1. At least 11 people have died so far on Tuesday while many others are feared trapped in different parts of the state. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said a total of 16 people have died over the past two days while many others are trapped under debris after cloudbursts and landslides.
2. Nainital has been completely cut off from the rest of Uttarakhand with the arterial roads connecting the popular tourist destination being blocked due to a series of landslides.
3. An incident of cloudburst has been reported from a village of Ramgarh of Nainital district. Several people are feared trapped under the debris. Nainital SSP Priyadarshani told news agency ANI, “Some injured have been rescued from the spot where cloudburst occurred in a village of Ramgarh in Nainital district, their actual number is yet to be ascertained.”
4. Videos from Nainital show the famous Naini Lake overflowing and flooding the streets. Water has entered buildings and houses in the vicinity of the lake after incessant heavy rainfall for the past two days.
The Mall Road in Nainital and Naina Devi temple located along the banks of Naini Lake have been flooded, while a hostel building has been damaged due to landslides.
5. Around 100 people got stuck at Lemon Tree resort on Ramnagar-Ranikhet route, with water from swollen Kosi river entering the resort.
6. Amid the gloom, the weather department has given some assurances saying there will be a significant reduction in rainfall in Uttarakhand from Tuesday. Isolated to scattered rain and snowfall is expected over Himachal Pradesh on October 22-23 and isolated to scattered rainfall over Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, northwest Rajasthan on Saturday.
Meanwhile, an orange alert has been issued for the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand while the weather is expected to remain clear in Garhwal. There will be no rainfall in the Garhwal region for the next four days, said the weather department.
7. In a viral video, an elephant was seen stranded on a piece of land in the raging Gaula River between Halduchaur and Lalkuan. The elephant was seen struggling to stand at one place as the water raged all around it. Forest officials later directed towards the elephant towards the jungle. The Haldwani DFO has said they are constantly monitoring the movements of the elephant.
8. Another video has emerged from Haldwani in which a railway track overlooking a river is seen wiped out from the middle. In another part of Haldwani, parts of a bridge were seen breaking down and collapsing into the raging Gaula River as hapless locals looked on.
9. The Uttarakhand chief minister has said PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have been briefed on the current situation in Uttarakhand. CM Dhami said, “Houses, bridges etc have been damaged at many places. 16 people have died so far. Three helicopters are to be deployed for rescue operations.”
10. Of the three Army choppers, two will be sent to Nainital and one to the Garhwal region to rescue people stranded at different places.