Dehradun: Heavy rains continued to pound Uttarakhand for the second consecutive day on Thursday leading to chaos and disruption of normal life.
Schools and colleges in many places including state capital Dehradun and Haridwar remained closed as roads were blocked due to landslides and low lying areas remained water logged.
The route to the annual Chaar Dhaam Yatra in Badrinath and Yamunotri was blocked and pilgrims have been asked to stay put at safe places like Gaurikund and Soneprayag, en route to the Kedarnath shrine, an official said.
The Badrinath highway near Lambagad has been cleared for traffic now. In Chamoli district alone more than 50 roads are blocked. The Rishikesh-Badrinath route was also blocked at Kaudiyala near Mulyagaon, Byasi and Totaghat.
Director of the regional Met department, Vikram Singh informed that the rains will continue for the next 48-hours.
Due to a cloud burst, the Dehradun-Saharanpur road caved in leading to a complete halt of all vehicular traffic on this route.
Roads in Doiwala, Rishikesh, Haldwani, Bhimtal and Dehradun are submerged in waist-deep water.
Rivers like Chandrabhaga, Rispana and Hasan are in spate. Commuters have been stopped from moving ahead at Khadi on the Rishikesh-Gangotri highway in Tihri as the Bemunda Gadera river was overflowing. In the last 24-hours, more than 150mm rain was recorded in Nainital.
Incessant Rainfall Triggers Flood-Like Situation In Dehradun
Incessant rainfall in Dehradun is taking a devastating turn as a flood-like situation has arose in the region. Due to lack of proper drainage system, local are getting disrupted and roads in Rispana area can be seen completely filled with flowing water. People living near the road's vicinity are the worst affected ones and the water is entering their houses, leading a threat to life and property. The Disaster Management department has deployed rescue teams in the region to ensure safety of the people. However, a person belonging to Dehradun's Jhajra lost his life in flood.