Uttarakhand Chief Minister Announces Compensation Of Rs 4 Lakh And Rs 1.9 Lakh To Flood-Hit Families

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  • Ranikhet to be supplied fuel for emergency services.
  • Low-voltage electricity has been restored after 24 hours.
  • Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh and Rs 1.9 lakh.

Ranikhet and Almora in Uttarakhand are still blocked off from the plains, with the former having to ration fuel for emergency services for the second day in a row, as the hilly state faces floods, landslides, and other disasters brought on by four days of torrential rain. In Ranikhet (about 320 miles from Dehradun), there is little or no fuel; what is left has been set aside for emergency services. After 24 hours, low-voltage electricity was restored, and fiber optic cables (which are providing telephone and internet services) were cut in various locations. Seven persons died in Almora (about 345 km from Dehradun) yesterday. According to senior police official Nilesh Anand Bharne, at least 46 persons have died in rain-related accidents in the state.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the families of those deceased and Rs 1.9 lakh for those whose homes were destroyed. Mr. Dhami further stated that he continues to communicate with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah and that the center has given the state every possible support.

Three Air Force helicopters have been dispatched to assist with search and rescue operations. Tourists who had been stranded have begun to leave the impacted areas. The ‘Char Dham Yatra’ will resume after the final stretch from Joshimath to Badrinath has been cleared, according to police.

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