Army helicopters on Thursday continued to drop relief materials to flood affected areas of Uttarkashi district amid reports that there was another cloud burst in the remote Mori area of the district.Army's MI-16 and MI-17 choppers are dropping relief materials in the flood-affected areas, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told reporters in Dehra Dun.He said the government was trying its best to provide succor to the affected people in Uttarkashi district where 28 people were killed and hundreds of others rendered homeless following heavy rains and cloudbursts on Saturday.The chief minister said another cloudburst had occurred in Mori area of the district yesterday but the district administration was still collecting reports about any loss of life or property.A team has been sent to the area, officials said.
Meanwhile, efforts were on to airlift stranded people from various areas of the district."Only handful of people have been left stranded at different areas of the district," a top official said.Though intermittent landslides were continuing in several areas of the Garhwal region, the chief minister said Rishikesh-Badrinath highway has been thrown open for traffic.
To a question whether the Chardham yatra would remain suspended during the monsoon season, Bahuguna said, "If one highway is open, another is blocked then where is the need to suspend Chardham yatra."
MP govt announces additional flood relief of Rs 8.18 crore
The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday announced an additional relief of Rs 8.18 crore, taking the total financial aid sanctioned so far to Rs 13.18 crore, for 17 flood-affected districts in the state.
The districts affected by heavy rains in last few days are Sidhi, Indore, Sehore, Burhanpur, Harda, Dewas, Katni, Khargone, Hoshangabad, Seoni, Vidisha, Jabalpur, Rewa, Damoh, Chhindwara, Singrauli and Khandwa, an official release said.
While maximum assistance of Rs 2.80 crore has been allocated for Sehore district where 96 villages were affected due to heavy rains, Rs 1.50 crore has been sanctioned for Dewas district, Rs 50 lakh for Vidisha and Rewa, Rs 60 lakh for Harda, Rs 40 lakh for Indore, Rs 10 lakh each for Sidhi and Jabalpur, Rs 35 lakh for Khandwa, Rs 24 lakh for Singruli, Rs 22 lakh for Chhindwara, Rs 12 lakh for Seoni and Rs 20 lakh for Khargone district.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) I S Dani had on Wednesday said Hoshangabad, Harda, Raisen, Vidisha and Sehore districts are the worst hit by heavy rains which have affected normal life in the last few days.
The state government had already sanctioned advanced relief of Rs 5 crore for the flood-affected districts.
According to officials, 23 people have lost their lives due to heavy rains in the last few days in the state.