Dehra Dun: Central teams arrived here on Thursday to make an assessment of the damage caused by landslides, cloudbursts and floods following incessant rain in various parts of Uttarakhand.

Three teams from the Centre comprising officers and experts of various departments have landed in Uttarakhand for making the assessment, a government spokesman said.

Natural disasters

During their three

Drinking water scarcity in the region seems to have created a drought like situation. The matter of fact is that as many as 73 areas including 22 urban cities, 31 villages and 20 other colonies in five districts of Kumaon division are reeling under severe water crisis , while as part of contingency measures the concerned department has only 38 tankers to supply water to these affected areas.

In 2008, the Ministry of Rural Development issued guidelines on convergence of MNREGA with other development programmes and schemes to enable creation of durable assets and strengthen the livelihood resource base of the rural poor. In the framework for convergence, the role of NREGS is to provide the primary input for natural resource generation.

A proposed power plant downstream of the Kali and its tributaries in Champawat district