Sunday, September 16, 2012

New Delhi : Bhadrapada 24, 1934
Saturday, September 15, 2012

The extended spell of heavy monsoon in Uttarakhand state yet again unraveled its fury in Ukhimath tehsil of Rudraprayag district when a cloud burst at around midnight on 13 Sep resulted in loss of lives and extensive devastation in the three nearby villages. Kund-Ukhimath-Chamoli road, the lifeline for the residents of the area has been considerably damaged, resultantly the rescue efforts could not reach the incident site till afternoon of 14 Sep.

In the wee hours of 14 Sep, DM Rudraprayag Mr Neeraj Khairwal requisitioned the Army unit at Rudraprayaag to render relief effort for the distressed villagers. The Army Brigade at Joshimath immediately swung into action and synergized their efforts in a manner that Army team was the first one to reach the spot and despite incessant rains and bad weather the Army columns continued to work through difficult conditions and launched rescue efforts to save precious lives. Army has set up a medical camp and launched two columns to rescue the villagers buried under the rubble. There seems to be no respite from the natural disasters in Uttrakhand, as this is the third occasion in last five months when the Army unit at Rudraprayag has been called out in aid to the civil administration in face of the natural disasters.

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