Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has issued a public alert after the Meteorological Department predicted heavy rainfall in the hill state.
"The government has asked all the officials of district administration to ensure safety of the people living in the lower areas along the banks of rivers and also those residing in the mountainous regions to vacate their villages which are in danger and to put a complete stop to the pilgrimage to different shrines," said Bahuguna.
"As there are heavy rains in the region of Kumaon (eastern part of the state), the administration is on alert and people are asked to take precautionary measures," he added, when asked what type of alert has been issued.
Earlier on Wednesday, Bahuguna directed officials to expedite relief operations in affected areas of the state and distribute compensation among flood hit people as per revised rates.
Those who have been paid compensation on earlier rates be called again and given the revised amount as per current rates, the chief minister told officials while reviewing relief efforts at Luxor in Haridwar district after his return from a tour of affected areas.
He also asked officials to carry out an elaborate survey of the flood-hit areas and prepare an estimate of the loss to property. Reviewing preparations for the upcoming Kanwariya fair in the district, Bahuguna asked officials to take all necessary steps for their smooth conduct.
The Planning Commission has sanctioned an amount of Rs 60 crore for reconstruction of damaged embankments of the Ganga in Luxor and Khanpur, he said.
Haridwar DM Nidhi Pandey said a total of 5,472 families in 166 villages of the district were affected and relief amount of Rs 1,39,07,980 have already been distributed among 2271 people.
Over 250 NDRF personnel deployed for Uttarakhand: NDMA
Over 250 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Uttarakhand as a preventive measure after the Met department predicted heavy rains in parts of the hill state in next three days.
"Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has given a warning of rainfall, heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand. Six teams of NDRF (one team comprising 45 men) have been deployed in Dehradun, Pithoragarh, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi so that they can react in case of any emergency," Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) M Shashidhar Reddy said.
He emphasised on the need for changes in the State Disaster Management Authority to ensure prompt and effective response to any such calamity.
"A lot of issues have been thrown up in last few days after the Uttarakhand tragedy. It is to be understood that the State government and district administrations have to play a major role in giving a response to any disaster and fovernment of India should support it...
"It is important that State Disaster Management Authorities are constituted and functional," Reddy said.