He was on a mission for reconstruction and relief in Kedarnath valley when the incident happened in river Mandakini. His body still could not be found and search operations are on. Amit Sinha, Deputy inspector general (headquarters) Sinha said that the police received information about his drowning at around 3:30pm.
Several such incidents in different part of the state claimed several lives. Four members of a family were killed, swept by cloud bursts and landslides in a separate incident here.
The State Disaster Management and Mitigation Center here said that 12 houses were damaged. IN an incident in Kapkot division of Bageshwar district, four persons were reportedly swept away in a cloudburst after their houses collapsed.
Combing operations are still on while 3 persons were rescued from beneath the rubble.