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Rains hamper relief operations in Uttarakhand

PTI Dehradun | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on July 08, 2013

Incessant rains in parts of Uttarakhand continued to hamper the relief efforts today prompting the authorities to commission the IAF’s C-130 Hercules aircraft to drop the relief materials to Kedarnath and other affected places.

The process of cremating bodies at the shrine town is already being carried out amid bad weather by a team of over 70 experts and trained personnel.

However, the special all-weather aircraft returned to Dehradun after making a sortie over the affected areas in Pithoragarh district without being able to airdrop the relief materials due to low visibility conditions, NDMA member in-charge of relief operations in Uttarakhand V.K. Duggal told PTI.

The aircraft is expected to send another sortie later today to take the relief materials to the affected areas in Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts, he said.

The aircraft was loaded with relief material last night for Kedarnath and other affected areas, but so far it has not been able to drop the packages.

Relief operations in these worst-hit districts have almost been halted for the past few days due to rains and overcast conditions at most places which have made it difficult for the choppers to take-off. The network of major roads and highways is still damaged, affecting the transportation of foodstuff by road to the flood-hit areas.

There were reports of a cloudburst in Urgamghati in Chamoli district triggered by unrelenting rains since last night, affecting about eight villages in the area.

Water level in Bhagirathi river in Uttarkashi has been constantly on the rise with the villages of Tiloth and Joshiyara facing the danger of being inundated.

People living in houses located along the banks of the river have been asked to move to safer places, officials here said.

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Published on July 08, 2013
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