Continuous rainfall, flash floods and landslides have caused severe damage to several important roads—including the Dharchula-Tawaghat-Lipulekh road, which helps pilgrims visiting Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet—in Uttarakhand and hindered the movement of several trains on the Dehradun and Haridwar routes.
As per a weather forecast issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a red alert has been issued for Dehradun, Haridwar, Tehri, and Pauri districts, where very heavy to extremely heavy rain at isolated places and heavy to very heavy rain at a few places are likely to occur. Thunderstorms are likely at isolated places in the state. An orange alert is issued for the other districts, where heavy to very heavy rain is likely at isolated places.
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According to data provided by the state government, six state roads, eight district roads, two border roads and 223 village roads are blocked because of landslides or the falling debris. At least nine bridges were damaged in Haridwar itself. Sixteen people have died in rain-related incidents in the past six days. The death toll since June 15 is 26, while 23 were injured. Over 440 houses were partially damaged, 32 severely damaged and 14 fully destroyed.
Devesh Sashni, subdivisional magistrate of Dharchula in Pithoragarh, told The Indian Express that the Dharchula-Tawaghat-Lipulekh road had been blocked for the past several hours. “The road is still blocked and we are expecting it to be cleared by Sunday. The problem is that we clear the debris from one place but the continuous rain again blocks the road. However, the Border Roads Organisation is working to clear the road,” he said.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day Also Read | Extreme rain events in July: How unusual are they, what is causing them
A strategically crucial 80-km road connecting the Lipulekh pass, at a height of 17,000 ft along the China border, with Dharchula was thrown open by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in 2020. The road helps pilgrims visit Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet as it is around 90 km from the pass.
The government has issued suggestions and directions for all districts amid an alert issued by the IMD and the possibility of landslides in vulnerable areas. People residing near rivers and in landslide-prone areas have been asked to remain alert.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami requested everyone to maintain vigilance and avoid unnecessary travel for a few days. The administration has also been instructed to remain prepared to deal with any kind of situation.
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