Highlights:

  • Ravaged Uttarakhand’s death toll increased to 54 after two more bodies were uncovered from the disaster-hit regions
  • NDRF personnel-initiated search operations in the flooded areas across the hill state
  • Amit Shah arrived in Dehradun to chair review meetings and assess the situation arising from incessant rains

On Thursday, rain-ravaged Uttarakhand’s death toll increased to 54 after two more bodies were uncovered from the disaster-hit regions. Nearly, five people are missing with 19 individuals injured, according to reports. NDRF personnel initiated search operations in the flooded areas across the hill state.

11 trekkers are missing, while 3 lost porters were found dead in Uttarkashi. Furthermore, four members of a team of tourists who went on an adventure trip to Sunderdhunga died. Two comrades in the team are also reported to be missing.

Union home minister Amit Shah arrived in Dehradun to chair review meetings and assess the situation arising from incessant rains. He will carry out an aerial survey of the rain-hit areas of Uttarakhand.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated, “With likely setting in of north-easterly winds in the lower tropospheric levels over Bay of Bengal and extreme south Peninsular India, the southwest monsoon is likely to withdraw from the entire country around October 26. Simultaneously, the northeast monsoon rains are also likely to commence over the southeast peninsular India from around October 26.”

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