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Normal life affected in Kumaon due to incessant rains

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B.D.Kasniyal                                       Pthoragarh, July 8                                             Normal life was affected as more than 95 motor roads including state highways, national highway and border roads got blocked due to landslides and train services in terai region of Kumaon came to halt due to water logging following continuous rains from last 4 days,.           More than two lakh population of border districts of Champawaat and pithoragarh were directly affected.

According to officials, the lifeline road of both districts, Tanakpur to pithoragarh all weather road, was closed several times in last 4 days putting thousands of passengers to inconvenience .

“Over 28 roads including 6 border roads and 21 village roads were closed following rains in the district. Efforts to open these roads are being taken with immediate  action.”said BS Mahar DDMO pithoragarh.

“The BRO officials have assured District  magistrate that as soon as the rains stop, they will make the border roads open in a days time as the continuous rains from last 4 days have caused hindrance  inches clearing work ,” added pithoragarh DDMO.

“Over 18 villagers of Tejam village in Munsiyari sub division have been cut off from outside world after the lone bridge linking the village, washed away due to flash floods,” said DDMO.

According to Mahar the border roads to China border in Vyans valley  are closed from last 5 days resulting into inconvenience of security forces,  and villagers of Vyans and Darma valleys.” In absence of vehicular transportation the villagers of these high altitude valleys are taking old tracks to reach market places, situated in lower valleys.”said the DDMO.

According to information received from Champawat district, over 31 village roads have been closed due to landslide debris from hills on these roads.” This situation has affected  lives of over 50000 people in the district.”said a district administration officials.

Vineet pal, district disaster management officer of Almora has informed that over 19 village roads have been closed in the district due to continuous rains.”We have received information of damages in 21 residential houses in the district, these reports have mainly come from Salt, Bhikiasain, Lamgara and Someswar sub divisions.”said Pal.
Due to incessant rains, water logging has been reported in most of the towns of Kumaon region.

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