Unprecedented images of flooding and rescue operations have captured damage in Uttarakhand after three days of heavy rain in parts of the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning spoke to Prime Minister Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami to take stock of the situation.
Ten teams of the National Disaster Response Force are on duty in the state. NDRF Director Satya Pradhan tweeted several photos and videos this morning showing rescuers in action in the rain-soaked town of Rudraprayag.
While many such videos are being shared on social media, footage of an elephant stranded during raging floods at Nainital near Jim Corbett Park went viral earlier today.
In the video, an elephant can be seen stuck in the middle of the Gaula River. The image shows the elephant moving in circles on a small patch of land as the river continues to flow unabated around it.
However, there is now information that the elephant has been rescued.
“As soon as we received the information, a ranger team was dispatched. The elephant crossed the river and moved towards Dev Rampur. The ranger pushed it towards the forest. Its movement is being monitored,” Sandeep Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, Haldwani, is quoted as saying by ANI news agency.
Four people have di.e.d so far, and at least 12 are missing after heavy rains hit the state.
Uttarakhand is not the only state grappling with the aftermath of torrential downpours. Over the weekend, Kerala saw more than 20 de.at.hs following landslides and flooding in several areas. Tamil Nadu is also battling flooding.
Uttarakhand: In a viral video, an elephant was seen stranded on a piece of land in a raging Gaula river, between Halduchaur and Lalkuan. It was later directed towards forest by Forest Department officials.
(Screenshots from the viral video) pic.twitter.com/yR325BxAnp
— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2021