Six killed as incessant rains lash Uttarakhand, roads blocked

  • Anupam Trivedi, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2016 12:04 IST
View of the overflowing river in the Gangotri shrine, in Uttarakhand. (HT Photo)

Heavy rains in Uttarakhand have left six people dead in the last 48 hours. More than 140 roads across the hill state are blocked while major rivers are flowing above the danger mark.

Incessant rain has triggered landslides at various places, disrupting the Char Dham yatra. Officials said Char Dham pilgrims are safe and the administration is making efforts to evacuate them.

The access to the Sikh shrine Hemkund Sahib has been also blocked after a foot bridge was swept away. The rising Bhagirathi river is close to engulfing the Gangotri temple while the national highway near Yamnnotri has been blocked since Saturday.

According to reports, two persons died in Barkot (Uttarkashi) on Saturday night after a tree fell on their kuccha house. Three people were killed in Pauri district after their car plnged into a gorge in low visibility.

Pauri Garhwal, sub-divisional magistrate Raja Abbas said that a car with six people onboard, fell into a gorge in heavy rain. They were residents of Najibabad in UP who were coming to Srinagar (Pauri) to attend a marriage. Three people died on the spot while three other injured, were rushed to the nearest hospital.

A woman was kiled and another person was injured as a bus tumbled into a local stream that had swelled after torrential rains near Haldwani.

Major rivers in Uttarakhand, including the Ganga, are flowing above the danger mark. The State capital has received 26.2 mm of rainfall since Friday night, the meteorological department said.

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