Rains continue to lash U'khand, 8 houses damaged in landslips

Dehradun: Over 30 families were evacuated to safer places and eight houses damaged due to landslides in Uttarakhand, as rains on Sunday lashed several parts of the hill state.

   Capital Dehradun received the maximum rainfall of 53.8 mm during the last 24 hours.

   Pantnagar recorded 22.2 mm rainfall while Dunda in Uttarkashi district had 22 mm of rains.Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag received 13 mm and 13.4 mm rainfall respectively.

   According to State Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre (DMMC), the sky remained overcast with clouds in most of the places throughout the day.

   In Nuranoo village of Uttarkashi district, as many as eight houses were damaged due to landslides triggered by intermittent rains lashing the district for past few days, Sub Divisional Magistrate RK Pandey said.

   He said over 30 families have been taken to safer places like nearby temples, primary school and panchayat office amid apprehensions of threat due to continuous rains.

   DMMC said the Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway is blocked at two places in Chamoli district due to landslides, whereas efforts are on in full swing to reopen Rishikesh-Gangotri and Rishkesh-Yamunotri highways, which are also blocked at various locations due to landslips.

   The MET officials said the weather is likely to remain the same in the state during the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, officials said relief material to the tune of Rs 103 crore has so far been provided to the people hit by the rain mayhem in June that left scores of people dead.

   While 1,200 people, rendered homeless in the natural calamity, are living in shelter homes, 500 of them are staying in rented accommodations whereas 300 others have taken shelter in government buildings, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar said.

   He said government has plans to build nearly 2,000 shelter homes in the state, where the affected people can temporarily stay until a permanent arrangement is made.

   Kumar said the government is also providing Rs 2,000 per month as house rent assistance to the affected families for six months, and if needed, it can be extended for next six months, or a year.

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