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Uttarakhand: 7 dead, school shut; state on high alert

Uttarakhand is on a high alert due to heavy downpour reported on last few days thus killing 7 people on different places. An order has been passed to shut the schools for avoiding any further mishappening and due to the continuous flow of the easterly winds, heavy rains may occur more densely in the coming days.

Among the seven killed, Four died due to a collapsed building in Dehradun’s Seema Dwar and three other were washed away in Sahaspur, Dalanwala and Balliwala. On Wednesday morning, a bridge washed away in Pithoragarh area situated on the borders with Nepal.

Authorities are struggling hard to clear the blockage caused by the landslides near Fakot and Bhinnu area on National Highway-94 in Uttarakhand.

Amid of the high alert due to the heavy rains, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has cancelled the leaves of all officers and have asked to remain at their respective posts in order to be presented at the emergency situation to every extend possible.

Heavy rains followed by the landslides is a major concern for the widespread destruction in Uttarakhand as 5,748 people were killed due to flash floods and landslides in 2013 and thousands of lives were displaced while over a lakh pilgrims were struck by the landslides and bridge collapse.

The destruction is further increased due to the choked debris which flow away with the higher than the normal rain with force.

However, separate teams of Indian Air Force, Army and Navy have started their rescue operations by airlifting stranded people and dropping to safer place. Along with them, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were also deployed for the rescue works.

Unauthorised construction in the hilly areas of Uttarakhand has also led to the weakening of the soil thus leading to the ground collapses and increased number of landslides.

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