Pithoragarh, July 26
Helicopter services might be needed in the districts for some more days to drop ration and other essentials as the villagers living in remote areas are facing difficulties in getting rations.

As many as 141 villages in disaster hit Darma and Johar valleys are still out of road connectivity.
“35 village roads are still out of connectivity from main highways. The situation has posed difficulties in providing ration to the villagers,” said RS Rana, disaster management officer.
The ration is being dropped either by helicopters or by trans shipment to the villages.
“The joint operation run by Army, ITBP, NDRF and district administration, succeeded in linking 32 village roads to the main highways till date. But some villages in upper heights of Johar and Darma valleys, are still posing difficulties as these villages are far away from the place where the ration stock is being stored,” said Rana.
A total of 1,994.25 quintal ration has been dropped till date in disaster hit villages and a total of 2,960 villagers have been rescued by the agencies.
“It is a challenge to provide ration to all the high altitude villages till September,” added Rana.

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