Lambasting the Congress-led Uttarakhand Government for its “complete failure” to provide much-needed relief and succour to the cloudburst-hit areas of the State, particularly to those living in remote villages, former Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri has demanded appointment of a competent authority in Dehradun to coordinate and monitor relief operations in a more holistic manner.

“People are still in deep distress as there is not much that the government has done for those who lost everything in the recent floods…Several villages in remote locations in both the Garhwal and Kumaon regions are still cut off. People do not know where to send their children for studies or get their daily medicines. The government has, so far, not started any work to rehabilitate those who lost their shops and other commercial establishments. The situation is grim,” Mr. Khanduri told The Hindu after his return from the flood-affected villages in the hills.