With incessant rainfall continuing in Uttarakhand, the death toll in rain-related incidents climbed to at least 28 on Tuesday. Maximum casualties were reported from the Nainital district.
Heavy downpour was reported in Ramgarh area of Nainital due to a cloudburst resulting in road blockages to popular tourist spots. The landslides due to the heavy rainfall have also damaged several houses. Three roads leading to Nainital were blocked due to landslides.
Incessant rainfall in Uttarakhand over the last few days has led to over flooded roads, destroyed bridges and buildings, and left several locals and tourists stranded.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami over the phone and took stock of the damage caused by the rainfall and landslide and discussed the relief and rescue work. Modi and Shah assured Dhami that the Centre will provide all required help and assistance.
"I am anguished by the loss of lives due to heavy rainfall in parts of Uttarakhand. May the injured recover soon. Rescue operations are underway to help those affected. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being," Modi said in a tweet.
Later in the day, Dhami, along with minister Dhan Singh Rawat and State DGP Ashok Kumar also conducted an aerial survey of the areas affected by the rainfall.