IEP CHANDIGARH AUGUST 22, 2022
According to the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC), about 257 roads were reported to be blocked in various parts of the State.
After considerable damage caused by heavy rainfall on Saturday, comparatively clear weather in different parts of the State brought relief on Sunday. According to the SEOC, a total of 75 roads under the Public Works Department were blocked on Sunday while 140 were blocked on Saturday. Out of the total 215 blocked roads, 102 roads were reopened on Sunday with efforts underway to reopen the remaining 113 blocked roads. The roads reported blocked on Sunday include 10 State highways, three main district roads, three other district roads and 98 rural roads. Further, 19 roads under the PMGSY were reported blocked on Sunday in addition to the 178 blocked on Saturday. Out of the total 197 blocked PMGSY roads, 50 were reopened on Sunday with efforts underway to reopen the remaining 144 blocked roads. On Sunday, the authorities had deployed 25 mechanical excavators and other machines on State highways, 11 on main district roads, nine on other district roads and 105 on rural roads- totaling to 150 machines reported to be working on clearing the roads. Apart from these, 27 machines were deployed on PMGSY roads.
Apart from the roads, power supply was disrupted to a number of villages due to rain in Chamoli, Pauri, Dehradun, Tehri, Uttarkashi and Rudraprayag districts. According to the official data on Sunday, electricity supply had been restored in 311 out of 428 villages where it was disrupted. Efforts were underway to restore power supply in the remaining 117 villages.
When it comes to drinking water supply, 28 water supply schemes were damaged during the past three days due to heavy rain and disaster. Three of these have been restarted temporarily with work continuing to restore supply through the remaining 25 water supply systems. During the past 24 hours, personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conducted rescue operations in various affected parts of the State, rescuing both people and domesticated animals.