The residents of Pithoragarh feel the pinch due to ongoing shortage of essential commodities that continues on fifth day due to road blockade

BD Kasniyal
GG News Bureau 
Pithoragarh, 19th June. Crisis of essential commodities like vegetables, milk and grocery items is being felt in Pithoragarh town as the main link road to Haldwani and Tanakpur marts, which remained closed on the fifth day on Saturday.
“The road is closed at Chupkot bend Waldia bend ghat bend from last four days, we are trying our best to open it but are facing difficulty due to continuous sliding of boulders and debris, the work is becoming very challenging,” said Bhupender Singh Mahar, district disaster management officer if Pithoragarh district.
According to the DDMO, due to heavy rains for last 5 days, over 22 major or villages roads are closed in the district. ” Due to closure of Ghatiabagar to Lipulekh road from last 11 days, the supply of essential goods to Villagers from Vyas Valley has become challenging,” he added.
According to reports Haldwani, due to heavy rains in basin areas of hill rivers, the administration had to release over 4140 cusecs of water from Gaula barrage built-in Haldwani plains. “we have alerted all people living near rivers in Terai region as the released water level may cause the flash flooding in their areas.” said an irrigation officer in Haldwani.
In Almora, several key motor roads including those which links the district with Haldwani gone closed due to landslides on way. “Besides closing of roads, several villages in the district have also complained of non-presence of electricity in their respective villages, “said Rakesh Joshi, district disaster management officer of Almora.
In Bageshwar district, due to the falling of a big tree on Sama to Liti road of interior Kapkot block, the transportation to over 12 villages situated on Bageshwar to Pindari road has also stalled
.” besides closure of Almora to Bageshwar road at Dhar-Ki- Tuni, spot, over 12 village roads hone closed due to landslides following heavy rains from last 5 days.” said Shikha, DDMO of Bageswar.
If this situation continues the shortage of essential supply that cannot pass through will become imminent resulting in more misery for the residents.

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