Pithoragarh, September 20
More than 50,000 villagers have been cut off from the regular supply of essentials as landslides caused due to continuous heavy rain have blocked 23 motor roads in Champawat and 13 in Pithoragarh district.
According to the district management in charge in Champawat, the administration is giving priority to repairing of school buildings, water schemes and electricity supply. “We will ensure that no crisis of essential goods occurs in these areas,” said Abhishek Tripathi, SDM, Champawat.
In Bageshwar district, Purkuni villagers have complained that the administration has not paid heed to the crisis so far. “The villagers, who have shelter in local ANM centre, have not received any relief material so far. This is causing shortage of ration and villagers are facing inconvenience,” said Champa Devi, a block development centre (BDC) member from the area.
According to sources, the passengers, including children and women, of a Pithoragarh-bound roadways bus had to stay inside the bus for 18 hours at Sinyari, as the road was blocked at Chalthi.
According to the information received from Tanakpur town, a red alert continued for the fourth day today as the water flow in the Sharda river reached up to 3.98 lakh cubic metre per second on Tuesday.

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