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Seven killed, normal life hit in Uttarakhand as rain wreaks havoc

At least seven people were killed, many properties damaged and roads blocked as heavy rainfall lashed parts of the state on Wednesday

dehradun Updated: Jul 11, 2018 22:08 IST
Nihi Sharma/Neeraj Santoshi
Nihi Sharma/Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Dehradun & Nainital
People remove silt from a house collapsed as raising water of Rispana river entered it at Tarla Adhoiwala in Dehradun on Wednesday. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

At least seven people were killed, many properties damaged and roads blocked as heavy rainfall lashed parts of the state on Wednesday.

Four people, including a woman and a minor boy, were killed when debris from a hillside fell on a building near Shastri Nagar in Dehradun district, the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.

One person drowned after being swept away by the swirling waters of Sheetla river at Charba village in Dehradun, it said.

Rain water inundated a number of houses in different areas of the city, causing inconvenience to the people.

A suspension bridge was washed away in the Nachni area of Munsyari in Pithoragarh district, where all the rivers, including Kali, Gori and Saryu, are in a spate of flowing near the danger mark.

Prediction of heavy rainfall in isolated parts of the state till Friday will further derail normal life, even as authorities are evacuating people living close to rivers.

The MeT office in Dehradun on Wednesday said heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at a few places in the state in the next 48 hours.

The meteorological department said parts of the state received very heavy rainfall on Wednesday. The most affected districts are Dehradun, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh.

In Pithoragarh, the water-level of Ram Ganga River crossed danger mark due to which 70 metre suspension bridge Nachani in Munsiyari block was washed away.

Officers said due to excessive rainfall received in the Bageshwar catchment areas, the river was flooded and the bridge was damaged. In addition, an earthmover machine and other construction equipment too were lost to the disaster, they said.

Pithoragarh district magistrate C Ravi Shankar said, “We have evacuated families living close to the river to safer places.”

About 100 students of Saraswati Shishu Mandir government school in the district were rescued. The school is close to the banks of a river.

In addition, 335 people have been rescued since last one week and were rehabilitated at safe places in the district.

Eighteen projects of Water Corporation and 24 of Jal Sansthan were damaged in the last few days. A total of 36 roads are blocked in the district.

Shankar said heavy rains have damaged 6 bridges and 23 roads in the district, affecting connectivity.

“Some roads have been temporarily connected by the PWD, but it will take over a month to restore proper connectivity,” he said.

Four people are missing and 32 died in the past 10 days due to landslide and other such incidents in Himkhola, Madhkot and Harkot areas.

Pilgrims of 10th batch of Kailash Mansarovar yatra have taken halt at Bundi due to the rains.

In Dehradun, Mussoorie-Dhanaulti-Tehri-Maletha NH 707 that leads to Surkanda Devi temple is blocked due to landslide.

In Haridwar, Ganga is flowing just below the danger level. The water-level reported in the river on Wednesday was 291.40 metre while the danger level is 294 metre.

Kapkot-Pindari glacier main road is blocked due to landslide in Bageshwar district. Three roads in Nainital and 4 in Champawat are also blocked.

Women, youth stuck midway in Saung river saved

A 61-year-old woman was saved from clutches of death on Wednesday after she got stuck in rising water of Saung river in a mounted top in Rishikesh.

A youth, who tried to save Sushila Devi, also got entangled in the river but both were safely evacuated by State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel.

Sushila Devi, a resident of Gaurkimafi, Rishikesh, had gone with her cattle in search of fodder near Saung river.

Devendra Semwal, a resident of Tehri Garhwal, failed to rescue her as water-level was rising sharply due to heavy rains in upper region of Garhwal.

Village head Sanjay Pokhriyal said SDFRF personnel were informed through disaster control room helpline and also nearest Railwala police station.

Raiwala police station officer Mahesh Joshi said both women and youth were safely brought back by the SDRF team and after medical check up were handed over to their family members.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 21:54 IST