Cloudburst triggers bridge collapse as rain wreaks havoc in Uttarakhand
Around 20 families from the area have been shifted to safer locations. Rescue teams have been have been deputed at Baram village and the debris are being searched to ascertain if there was any loss of lifedehradun Updated: Aug 10, 2017 19:49 IST
Around 20 families from the area have been shifted to safer locations. Rescue teams have been have been deputed at Baram village and the debris are being searched to ascertain if there was any loss of life.
“Indo-Tibetan Border Police and disaster response team is searching debris in case anyone is trapped there. So far there is no information of any human loss,” said RK Pandey, sub-divisional magistrate, Bangapani.
According to the eye witnesses, the bridge connecting Pithoragarh to Munsiari was washed away after the water level in local rivulet Gosi rose sharply due to the heavy rains following the cloudburst. “We have also shifted 10 families of Kanar village. Water from the swollen rivulet has entered their houses,” said the SDM.
Rains continued to wreak havoc in many other parts of Uttarakhand and landslides have been reported from several places. The Badrinath highway was blocked near Lambagad for over two hours and traffic was blocked at Tanakpur national highway in Pithoragarh for several hours. More than 100 link roads continue to be in shambles, with vast regions in the hill tracts remaining cut off.
More than 20 metres of the highway at Pinola between Joshimath and Govindghat was washed away in the rains, affecting the Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath annual pilgrimage.
Rescue teams have been rushed from Munsyari and Dharchula. The district officials said that the exact extent of damage was unknown yet as the region where the cloudburst took place in an interior place.
Meanwhile, the weather department has predicted heavy rains in the next 24 hours at many places including Dehradun, Pauri, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Nainital and Haridwar in the hill state.
In Haridwar, the Ganga has breached the warning mark of 293 meters.