The Uttarakhand government has sought a relief package of Rs 800 crore in the wake of a series of natural disasters caused by heavy rains that has wreaked havoc in the hill state.

“We have already sent an official memorandum to the Centre for a relief package of Rs 800 crore,” a top government official said on Thursday. The state has already got an interim relief of Rs 150 crore.

Dehradun: Two days after a massive cloudburst in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, seven more villagers were killed late on Saturday in two separate incidents of cloudburst.

Eight more persons, among them a sant, were killed and a sadhvi went missing after another bout of cloudbursts in three remote villages of Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand on Sunday.

This took the number of those killed over the past few days in flash floods and landslips to 46. About 25 more people are still feared buried under debris. Five persons, including three women, were killed as a flash flood and hillside debris hit village Kiroda around 2.30 am, as one house was completely devastated and agricultural fields destroyed.

A series of cloudbursts struck Uttarakhand since Thursday night triggering landslides and flash floods that left 26 dead, 40 missing and 15 injured in parts of the hill state.

Thirty-three people are feared killed and at least 40 feared buried under debris and mud as flash floods and landslips hit villages at Ukhimath and Kapkot in Rudraprayag and Bageshwar districts respectively of Uttarakhand on Friday.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna released Rs. 10 crore for Ukhimath and Rs. 1 crore for Bageshwar relief work. Governor Aziz Quereshi, while expressing anguish, appealed to the rescue teams, Red Cross members and the public to make all efforts to help those in despair.

Soil organic carbon has been ignored since long because it was treated as a dead biomass but after the awareness related to climate change its importance has been recognized. A study was conducted to eliminate the SOC pool under different land uses in Rudrapryag district of Uttarakhand.

The death toll in the landslides, cloudburst and flash floods that followed incessant rain in Uttarakhand reached 34 as ITBP and police personnel on Sunday searched the debris of flattened homes in

A group of villagers, affected by the stalling of the Him Urja Vidyut Pariyojna at Nandprayag and Vishnugad Vidyut Pariyojna at Pipalkoti, staged a symbolic chakka jam on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway at Pipalkoti on Sunday, threatening self-immolation if the government didn't order the resumption of construction work there.

Unhappy with the government for first promising power and revenue generation opportunities to the affected villagers while taking away their lands, and later scrapping the projects at the instance of some environmentalists, the villagers — mostly women — threatened self-immolation if work wasn't resumed by May 10.

Rudraprayag: Despite of shortage of basic facilities, the Animal Husbandry department has undertaken some notable measures for improvement of bovine breeds and experiments in artificial inseminatio

The Uttarakhand Infrastructure Project Company (UIPC) will develop 180 MW capacity small hydro-power projects in the State. A 71 MW capacity power project is being developed in the first phase. The State Government will receive a premium of `36 crore from this in addition to which investment in Uttarakhand will also increase.