Uttarakhand: Ranikhet, Almora cut off amid heavy rain, fuel only for emergency
Like Ranikhet and Almora, access to Nainital was cut on Tuesday after landslides blocked roads. Connectivity to Nainital was restored late last night after hours of struggle
Ranikhet and Almora in Uttarakhand remain cut off from the plains. Whereas, Ranikhet was on Wednesday forced to ration fuel for emergency services - for a second consecutive day, as state battles floods, landslides triggered by four days of heavy rainfall.
There is little or no fuel available in Ranikhet, which is around 320 km from Dehradun. The fuel left has been reserved for emergency services. Low-voltage electricity has been restored after 24 hours, and fibre optic cables (providing telephone and internet services) have been cut in multiple locations, according to a report in NDTV.
In Almora (around 345 km from Dehradun), seven people died yesterday, news agency ANI reported.
Around 46 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents. Senior police officer Nilesh Anand Bharne told news agency PTI 47 had died, with most deaths (42) in the Kumaon region.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami yesterday announced ₹ 4 lakh compensation for the families of those killed and ₹ 1.9 lakh for those whose houses have been destroyed. Help will also be given to farmers and those who lost livestock to floods and landslides, he said.
The rains - which have eased on Wednesday - led to some frightening and worrying scenes over the past two-three days, with photographs and videos of roads turned into raging torrents, stranded wildlife and people, broken bridges and railway tracks, and submerged buildings widely circulated.
Like Ranikhet and Almora, access to Nainital was cut yesterday after landslides blocked roads. Over 500 mm of rain in 24 hours - also led to the lake overflowing and flooding the Mall Road.