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Heavy rains: Five die, Ganga crosses danger mark in Haridwar

The weather department issued a heavy rain alert for both Kumaon and Garhwal regions over the next 72 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places, especially in Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Chamoli, Nainital, US Nagar and Pithoragarh district.

dehradun Updated: Jul 31, 2017 20:51 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
Hindustan Times
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National Highway-58 is closed due to heavy landslide at Kaudiala on Monday. (HT Photo)

DEHRADUN: Torrential rains claimed lives of five people in various parts of Uttarakhand, while the Ganga breached the danger mark in Haridwar forcing the administration to take steps for evacuating the people from
low-lying areas.

Officials said the Ganga was likely to rise further in the night.

Two bikers were killed in Nainital district on Monday morning when debris buried them after a landslip . According to the Nainital police, rescuers retrieved the body of one of the bikers from the debris while the other was mutilated. An identity card mentions one of the bikers name as Sujan, Nainital senior superintendent of police Janmejay Khanduri said.

In two other incidents, a seven-year-old boy Ajay was washed away by a swelled tributary of the Mandakini river at Guptkashi and a 21-year-old woman Reshma was swept away by the Mandakini near Fata in Guptakashi at Kedar valley in Rudraprayag district. “Ajay’s body was recovered by State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on Monday evening. Search is on for Reshma’s body,” said Shridhar Badola circle officer, Rudraprayag.

The fifth incident occurred in Bageshwar when a boy died after a seasonal river dragged him into the deep waters.

Ganga crosses danger mark, administration on alert

The Haridwar administration sounded alert in afternoon after the Ganga crossed the danger mark of 293 metre. As per the Central Water Commission, the Ganga was flowing at 293.25 m at 12.00 PM in Haridwar and it was expected to further rise in the late hours.

“This is the first time that the Ganga crossed danger mark in this monsoon. We have instructed officials and district magistrate of Haridwar to make public announcement of the river’s water flow,” said Amit Singh Negi, secretary of state disaster management. “The district administration is on alert and rescue and search teams of SDRF are deployed at strategic locations. Constant monitoring is being done at important locations,” Haridwar SSP Krishna Kumar VK said.

MeT warns of heavy rains

The weather department issued a heavy rain alert for both Kumaon and Garhwal regions over the next 72 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places especially in Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Chamoli, Nainital, US Nagar and Pithoragarh districts during the period, MeT office director Bikram Singh said. The sky remained overcast in Dehradun amid intermittent drizzling with the maximum temperature hovering around 30 degrees Celsius.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 20:51 IST