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Amit Shah to visit Uttarakhand today to take stock of situation

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit the rain-hit areas of Uttarakhand today, to take stock of the situation as more than 45 people, so far, have lost their lives in rain-related incidents. 

Amit Shah, the Minister for Home Affairs will today visit the hill state of Uttarakhand to review the flood situation that has enveloped the state. As per the top sources in MHA, a series of high-level meetings with top officials of various departments have been scheduled for this evening, during which Shah will take stock of the relief work being undertaken. Union Home Minister will also conduct an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged parts of the state on Thursday. 

The death toll in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand over the past two days has risen to 46. Uttarakhand has been witnessing heavy rains for the past two days, leading to chaos and disaster across the state. Over 300 people were rescued by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand. Many roads were blocked and several bridges and railway tracks have been damaged since the downpour began on Sunday.

Shah is said to have been closely monitoring the situation and earlier on Monday, he had even spoken on the phone to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and assured him of all possible help from the Centre to tackle the crisis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke to Dhami on the phone to take stock of the situation and assured him of all help. Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday undertook an aerial survey of the rain-hit areas in the state to assess the damages caused due to rain. He later announced a compensation of ₹4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in rain-related incidents across the state over the last two days.

After witnessing incessant rain over the past two days, the state is likely to stay dry for the rest of the week, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The weather department said that a fresh western disturbance is also very likely to affect Western Himalayan Region from October 22 and cause scattered to fairly widespread rain/snow over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad on October 22 with isolated heavy rainfall on October 23.

Meanwhile, Char Dham Yatra, which was halted due to heavy rain in the region, will resume from today, informed the Uttarakhand police chief. The pilgrimage was suspended for three days, from October 17 to 19, amid warnings of heavy to very rainfall in the hill state during this period.

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