Uttarakhand on alert: Met predicts heavy rain

from Times of India
Published on 19 Jul 2013 View Original

D S Kunwar, TNN

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand Disaster Management Centre on Thursday sounded an alert in Garhwal and Kumaon hills in the wake of the Met department's warning of heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday.

The calamity-hit districts of Rudrapryag, Chamoli, and Uttarkashi are also likely to receive heavy rain, said a Met department official.

Secretary, disaster management, Bhaskaranand Joshi said: "I have asked all DMs and district officials concerned to take precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incident in the event of any fresh calamity like flash floods and landslides in ecologically sensitive areas."

Meanwhile, chief minister Vijay Bahuguna handed over cheques of Rs 17.50 lakh each to the kin of 14 policemen who went missing in Kedarnath following the June 16 calamity.

The CM also flew to Parodi village, one of the worst-hit in Tehri district, to take stock of the situation. Bahuguna spoke to the affected families and assured them all possible help. "I have already asked officials to ensure that all connecting roads are repaired and restored as early as possible and relief supplies provided to about 300 residents in the village," he said.

An 11-member inter-ministerial central team, led by home ministry joint secretary Lokesh Jha, arrived in Dehradun on Thursday to access the situation in the flood-hit areas. The team will visit the affected areas on Friday and Saturday and then make a detailed assessment report on losses suffered to infrastructure and property.