Dehradun, Oct 19: Heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand for the third consecutive day has led to chaos and disaster across the hilly state, with flooded roads and buildings, destroyed bridges and overflowing water bodies leaving locals and tourists stranded – some in remote and dangerous locations.
At least 22 people are dead as heavy rainfall battered Uttarakhand for a third straight day today, leaving authorities fearing for the lives of many more who may be trapped under debris and in flooded areas.
Uttarakhand has been battered by rains since Sunday, leading to floods, landslides and destruction of property.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who has cancelled all his scheduled events to monitor the situation, said three Army helicopters would join the rescue operations. Two have been sent to Nainital and one to Garhwal region.
Nainital has been cut-off from the rest of the state as three roads leading to the town have been blocked following landslides.
The Mall Road in Nainital and Naina Devi temple located along the banks of Naini lake have been flooded; a hostel building is damaged due to landslides; and some 100 people are stuck at Lemon Tree resort on Ramnagar-Ranikhet route.