Incessant rain for the third consecutive day threw normal life out of gear in Uttarakhand, on Monday. People are struggling between the flooding rivers and alarming rains, where regular activities have been completely washed away. A high alert situation has been spread across the state.
Several rivers, including Ganga in Haridwar, Song and Suswa rivers in Dehradun district and Kali river in Pithoragarh district, were steadily exceeding the danger mark.
According to a statement released by the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), fifteen families living near the bank of Song river in Gauri Mafi village have already been evacuated as the flooded water moved towards the residential areas in Dehradun. SEOC also emphasized that efforts are underway to change the direction of Song and Suswa rivers.
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All schools in the state have been closed for the day. The meteorological department is predicting that there is a possibility for a heavy downpour to continue in next 24 hours. A total of 117 rural and motor roads were blocked by rubble from landslides in 10 districts, the emergency centre said.
The Rishikesh-Yamunotri highway has been blocked for the last several days in Ojri-Dabarkot area with boulders and rocks.
The emergency centre has issued efforts that are underway to clear roads with earth movers and hydraulic machines.
The MeT department has predicted rain in Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Nainital and Pithoragarh districts in the next 24 hours, prompting the administration to sound an alert to persons living in both high and low altitude regions.
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In the last 24 hours, Dehradun received 108 mm of rain followed by Bhagwanpur in Haridwar district with 105 mm. Ganga in Haridwar was flowing at 293.30 metres while the danger mark is 294 metres.
Kali river in Pithoragarh district was flowing at 888.80 metres, which is two notches below the danger level.