45 dead in Uttarakhand rain; Amit Shah will assess the situation today

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The death toll in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand has risen to 46 in the last two days. Heavy rains have been falling in Uttarakhand for the past two days, causing chaos and disaster across the state. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued over 300 people from flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand. Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, will visit the state today to assess the situation and hold review meetings. On Thursday, he will also conduct an aerial survey in Uttarakhand.

“The number of casualties in the Kumaon region alone has crossed 40,” DIG Nilesh Anand Bharne told PTI on Tuesday. Of 46 deaths, 28 were killed in Nainital, six in Almora, two each in Champawat and US Nagar, and one in Bageshwar during the last 24 hours. The remaining deaths took place on October 17 and 18 in the state, said officials.  Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that water level has reduced in the Kumaon region, but routes have not been opened yet. “It will take time…Police, SDRF, NDRF teams are working on the relief operations; thousands of people have been evacuated,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami conducted an aerial survey of the state’s rain-stricken areas to assess the damage caused by the rain. He later announced that the next of kin of those killed in rain-related incidents across the state over the last two days would receive compensation of Rs 4 lakh each. According to ANI, at least seven people have died in Almora as a result of heavy rains and landslides since last night. According to Uttarakhand PIB, four people were killed in Raapad village last night after a house was hit by a landslide. However, it could not be confirmed whether these deaths are already included in the death toll.

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