The worst affected village is Malpa village in Pithoragarh district, while the Ukhimath block of Rudraprayag district is yet another area which bears the brunt of the gruesome landslides.
The landslides have killed 180 persons, including 60 pilgrims, in Malpa village of District Pithoragarh. The pilgrims were staying in a camp when the landslide triggered by incessant rains occured between Zipti and Sia lake in Kumaon hills at around 3.00 a.m. in the morning. The camps of the pilgrims were washed into the Kali river. Over 300 people are still held up in various points on their way to Mansarovar. The hill people of Ukhimath block in Rudraprayag District of Garhwal have also been affected by the landslides. According to the report from Rudraprayag the casualties mounted to 105 on Tuesday. The people of the worst affected 21 villages have been asked to shift to safer places.
Another massive landslide flooded the entire town in Ukhimath block of the Rudraprayag disrict on Wednesday the 19th August, 1998 thereby killing 37 persons. This is the second major landslide in Rudraprayag district. A total number of 69 people have been killed in a week. This landslide has blocked one of the major tributaries of the Mandakini river, posing a serious threat to downstream areas of Alaknanda and Ganges basin. The residents of Bhini, Chandrapuri, Augustmuni, Tilwara and Srinagar towns and nearby villages have been asked to vacate their houses and take refuge in safer places. The flood situation in Srinagar is worsening and it is feared that the "unstable" artificial lake might overflow any time thereby resulting in widespread damage.
The above information has been collected from media reports as well as information received from our partners working in these areas.
CASA's emergency staff are on standby and waiting for information to crystalize before formulating a plan of action. This is only an initial information report and we will keep you informed regarding action taken/proposed to be taken by CASA.
Thank you for your attention.
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ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (phone ++41 22 791 6032 or mobile phone ++ 41 89 203 6055)
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