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Dehradun teen dies in house collapse as pre-monsoon showers lash Uttarakhand

The Met office has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over next two days across Uttarakhand while monsoon is likely to arrive in next four to five days

dehradun Updated: Jun 26, 2017 16:07 IST
Neha Pant
Neha Pant
Hindustan Times
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The monsoon is yet to arrive in Uttarakhand.(HT FILE)

DEHRADUN: A 16-year-old girl died in Dehradun district early on Monday morning as heavy pre-monsoon showers lashed several parts of Uttarakhand.

The meteorological department issued an alert predicting "heavy to very heavy rainfall" in parts of Uttarakhand on June 27 and 28, while most parts are likely to receive significant rain spell over the next two days. Monsoon is likely to arrive in next four-five days.

At around 3 am on Monday, the wall of a makeshift house in Bataghat village, located around 6 km away from Mussoorie, collapsed due to heavy rain. While others in the family of Nepali labourers escaped, the teenager identified as Deepika Thapa died in the mishap, the emergency operation centre said..

“A team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police, State Disaster Response Force and revenue police rushed to the spot and they have retrieved the body. We have shifted the family to a safe location,” said an official at the Dehradun district control room.

In another incident, a house was damaged at Chakrata areain Dehradun’s Silla village.

The meteorological centre warned of very heavy rain at isolated places in Kumaon region on June 27 and 28. "Heavy rainfall is also likely to occur at isolated places in Garhwal region, especially in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts, on the same days,” meteorological centre director Bikram Singh said.

Both these districts are hosting the Chardham annual pilgrimage, with Chamoli and Rudraprayag home to Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines. More than 16 lakh pilgrims have undertaken the Yatra since its commencement on April 28.

Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at most places with overcast sky in most parts of the state.The India Meteorological Department has predicted favourable conditions for rapid advance of southwest monsoon into most parts of northwest India, including entire Uttarakhand, during the next four-five days. “This is expected in view of the likely west-northwestwards movement of the low pressure system which is currently located over Jharkhand and adjoining north Odisha, towards northwest India and its likely interaction with an approaching western disturbance,” the IMD has said.

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 16:07 IST