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U’khand: As Downpour Batters, CM Says Can Call Army If Needed

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By: Vineet Upadhyay | DEHRADUN
Updated: August 21, 2022 13:50
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After reports of cloudburst emerged from various parts of Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Saturday said that help of the Indian Army will be sought if need arises.
The CM visited the areas affected by the rains to take stock of the situation and ongoing operations.
“Teams of the State Disaster Response Force, police, administration are continuing relief and rescue operations in the disaster-affected areas. We will get the help of the Army of the need arises. State helicopters have also been pressed into disaster-affected areas,” said the CM.
As reports of cloud burst, flooding due to rains flew in, CM Dhami also visited the ‘Disaster Management Control Room’ in the secretariat after on-site inspection of various disaster-prone areas.
The CM reviewed the situation with the senior officials of the state government including the secretary, disaster management.
He also spoke to the district magistrates of Pauri, Tehri and Almora districts on telephone to seek information about the damage caused in the districts due to excessive rain.
Experts from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology along with their team also inspected the disaster prone areas.
The state government machinery ensuring the supply of essential commodities like food grains, medicines, fuel and maintaining continuous coordination with the mobile operator companies so that there is no problem in the communication network.
The CM has also instructed to formulate a system through which the information disseminated from the state headquarters reaches the marginal areas without any delay.
“All the departmental secretaries and heads of departments should regularly monitor their respective departments from the point of view of disaster. In the event of a disaster, the buildings and places identified for the living of the affected should be re-examined from the point of view of safety,” said the CM.
Total 13 people have been injured and 12 people are missing while five cow shelters have been damaged killing 78 animals across the state.

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