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Uttarakhand rains highlights: Death toll rises to 52; over 1,300 people rescued

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Uttarakhand CM PS Dhami has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in rain-related incidents across the state over the last two days.

Uttarakhand rains highlights: Death toll rises to 52; over 1,300 people rescued
Six more bodies were recovered on Wednesday in rain-battered Uttarakhand, taking the death toll to 52 in the Himalayan state.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami reiterated his appeal to Char Dham yatris to stay where they are and not to resume their journeys before the weather improved.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami undertook an aerial survey of the rain-hit areas and later interacted with the affected people on ground zero to make an assessment of the damages caused. He announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in rain-related incidents across the state over the last two days.
Here are the latest updates from Uttarakhand:
  • Six more bodies were recovered on Wednesday in rain-battered Uttarakhand, taking the death toll to 52 in the Himalayan state
  • As many as 96 people from Karnataka are stranded in Uttarakhand following heavy floods and landslides, of which 92 are confirmed safe, an official said.
  • The Dalai Lama on Wednesday wrote to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami expressing his deep sadness about the loss of lives and the hardship caused to many people following heavy rainfall in the hill state.
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the Uttarakhand flood victims and urged people to follow safety norms as the situation in the state was still serious.
  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued more than 1,300 people from flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand and has enhanced its rescue teams from 15 to 17, the federal force said on Wednesday. At least 46 people have died in rain-related incidents in the state so far.
  • # Relief work is underway in the affected areas of Champawat district. The death toll from the disaster in the district has gone up to 10 after four bodies buried in the debris were retrieved today, says state government
    # Two people have been reported missing after an incident of landslide in Dungri village in Karnaprayag Tehsil of Chamoli district on Tuesday night. Rescue operation by local administration and Disaster management agencies is underway, says Chamoli DM Himanshu Khurana.
    # Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami visits the rain-affected areas. He says that there has been massive damage and it'll take time to return to normalcy. "We want to clear blocked roads first. Water had entered houses, local administration has been asked to make arrangements to see that people don't lack food and water. Rs 4 lakh compensation being given to families who lost their kin," the Chief Minister adds.
    # One more dead body was recovered by the NDRF team in Nainital district's Ramgarh area today. An incident of cloudburst was reported on Tuesday.
    # Yamunotri-Gangotri, Kedarnath Dham Yatra has started again. However, due to the closure of Badrinath Highway near Joshimath, the Badrinath Yatra could not start at present. Badrinath Yatra will also become smooth soon, says Uttarakhand Police.
    # Nainital-Kaladhungi road, which was blocked yesterday due to heavy rainfall, has been reopened. Traffic movement has been started now: DGP Ashok Kumar
    # Due to heavy rains and landslides in Almora, 7 people have been reported dead since last night. A house in Raapad village, Bhikiyasan was hit by a landslide last night, killing 4 people living in the house, while a woman was rescued by the villagers: PIB, Uttarakhand
    # The situation in Garhwal is almost under control, routes have been reopened. 'Char Dham Yatra' will be resumed from tomorrow. Rain aftermath more in Kumaon areas - Nainital, Haldwani, Udham Singh Nagar, Champawat: Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar on review meeting with CM in wake of rains
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