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Rain in Uttarakhand: 88 people rescued, death toll rises to 75 Hui

By PTI

DEHRADUN: The death toll in Uttarakhand rose to 75 on Friday as rescue workers found more bodies and the number of people trapped after the recent rains lashed the state.

State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel rescued 65 trekkers, including six foreigners, stranded near Pindari and Kafni glaciers in Bageshwar.

23 people were rescued from Darma Ghati of Pithoragarh.

The official death toll in the state now stands at 68, which includes five bodies of members of a team of 11 people who were trekking from Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand to Chitkul in neighboring Himachal Pradesh.

However, this figure does not include the reports of two other members of the Chitkul trek being dead.

The five people who died in Bageshwar have also not been included in the official count.

The rains that started in Uttarakhand on Sunday night affected the Kumaon division for almost three days.

An official said Kumaon has suffered a loss of Rs 2,000 crore, out of the Rs 7,000 crore estimated by the Uttarakhand government across the state.

Bageshwar DM Vineet Kumar told PTI, SDRF teams have rescued 42 tourists, including six foreigners, from Dwali near Pindari Glacier and 23 tourists from Kafni Glacier.

Meanwhile, two Cheetah helicopters flying in search of 10 members of a trekking team stranded at Sunderdhunga could not take off due to cloudy weather, he said.

“But four members of the team have returned safely. We suspect there may have been some casualties too. The helicopters will make another attempt on Saturday morning to trace the missing members of the trekking team,” Kumar said.

Apart from this, 15 people who went missing in Sarmool, the origin of river Saryu, have also been found safe.

DM Ashish Chauhan said that 21 tourists and two locals have been rescued from Darma Valley in Pithoragarh district.

Officials in Uttarkashi said that two surviving members of a trekking team have already been rescued, while the search for the two missing people is on.

Sushil Kumar, commissioner of Kumaon division, said the official, said, “Kumaon division had to bear the brunt of unseasonal record rains, causing damage to crops and property worth Rs 2,000 crore, besides the highest number of deaths and massive damage to houses. “

Forty-nine people died in Kumaon alone, of which Nainital reported maximum 35 deaths, followed by 11 in Champawat, six in Almora, one in Bageshwar and three each in Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar districts.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday met the disaster-affected people in Dungri village of Chamoli district.

Accompanied by Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj, State Disaster Management Minister Dhan Singh Rawat and officials, Dhami climbed the steep slippery slopes of the village with a stick in hand to assess the damage on the spot.

On October 19, two people of the same family were buried under the debris of a landslide in the village.

Dhami met the surviving members of the family and promised them all possible help.

He asked the officials to expedite the relief and rescue operations in the affected areas and assured that they would not face any shortage of resources.

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