Amar Singh Khatri, 24, an executive with a private firm, lived in a single-storey house with his mother and a pet dog at Suttowali ghati in Patel Nagar, 5 km from Dehradun, and very close to the Bindal river.
On Sunday night Khatri had gone to bed by 11 pm. He had barely drifted off to sleep when a loud crash woke him up.
When he stepped out of his room he was shocked.
Except for his room, the rest of the house had collapsed. His mother was safe, but the dog was crushed underneath the rubble.
Like Khatri, many others who lived along the riverbank faced massive losses to property in the heavy rain of the last few days.
Ramesh Prasad Godiyal, a shopkeeper who lives near the Rispana river close to Vidhan Sabha, also lost his house.
“My house was washed away. I have rented out a room and transferred whatever items I could save. I have spoken to the district magistrate for help. But, no help has come so far.”