More than 6,000 stranded as rains lash Uttarakhand

  • Prithviraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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  • Updated: Jul 20, 2014 09:31 IST
  • Bhagirathi river

    Bhagirathi river at Gangotri in Uttarkashi district. (Santosh Bhatt/HT photo)

  • Children playing football

    Children in Dehradun play football in the rain. (Rishi Ballabh/HT photo)

  • Sacks of wheat

    Sacks of wheat stored in a warehouse in Ramnagar are drenched by rain water. (HT Photo)

  • Road block

    A machine clears debris from a blocked road in Uttarkashi district. (Santosh Bhatt/HT photo)

  • Road block

    Machines clear a closed road at Gangotri highway in Uttarkashi district. (Santosh Bhatt/HT photo)

  • Bhagirathi river

    Bhagirathi river in Uttarkashi district. (Santosh Bhatt/HT photo)

  • Mandakini

    A swollen Mandakini river flows close to some houses in Silli village in Agastyamuni, Uttarakhand. (Arvind Moudgil/HT photo)

  • Damaged road

    Commuters crossing a damaged road during monsoon in Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

  • Mandakini river

    A swollen Mandakini river flows below some houses near Vijyanagar and an incomplete safety wall in Agastyamuni, Uttarakhand. (Arvind Moudgil/HT photo)

More than 6,000 people were stranded in the mountains of Uttarakhand following four straight days of torrential rains and landslides that have killed one person.

The weather office warned of heavy rainfall in several areas on the pilgrimage route, evoking memories of last year’s disaster, when heavy rains and landslides washed away swathes of land and killed over 5,000 people.

People in low-lying areas along rivers have been asked to shift to safer locations and authorities said they were constantly monitoring water levels in the Gola and Kosi river barrages.

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“Our security forces are always in a state of preparedness. We are constantly monitoring the situation with the support of weather forecasts by the IMD,” said Nainital senior superintendent of police Vimmi Sachdeva. Piyoosh Rautela, director of the State Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, said people who were stranded were safe but would only be able to move to safe locations after weather conditions improved.

More than 5,000 people are stuck on the route to Badrinath, while 1,600 are on the Kedarnath and Hemkund Saheb pilgrimage routes. They include 408 pilgrims.

Rudraprayag district magistrate Raghav Langar told people not to panic after one person was crushed to death in a field when a rock tumbled down a hill.

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“We have stocked up sufficient food for the next two months and there is no crisis-like situation,” he said.

Yoga guru Ramdev and his 450 followers, who had been stranded in Gangotri and Gaumukh, were expected to reach Haridwar by Friday evening, but were delayed because of incessant rains.

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