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6-year-old Haldwani boy drowns in rain-swollen nullah, body found 200m away

Kartik Joshi, son of milk supplier Bipin Chandra Joshi was playing near his home when he fell into the nearby Bithoriya nullah which was in spate. His body was found around 200 metres form the site of drowning.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2018 13:14 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times, Haldwani
Haldwani,Uttarakhand rains,SDRF
Kartik Joshi was playing near his home in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani town when he fell into the nearby Bithoriya nullah which was in spate due to heavy rains. (HT Photo )

A six-year-old boy died after being swept away in a swollen nullah in Haldwani Monday evening after 50 mm of rain in the day turned many of the city’s roads into canals.

Kartik Joshi, son of milk supplier Bipin Chandra Joshi was playing near his home when he fell into the nearby Bithoriya nullah which was in spate. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was called for rescue operations from Nainital but it was too late by then. Kartik’s body was found around 200 metres form the site of drowning.

The heavy rain in Haldwani and in the mountains caused the Gola river and the various nullahs and canals to swell. For much of Monday, Haldwani was ravaged by heavy flow of water on the various roads and nullahs. By the evening, many cars which had been swept away were seen floating in the nullahs.

Members of the district administration were on their toes as water kept rising. Sub Divisional Magistrate, Haldwani, AP Vajpayee supervised the rescue and search efforts.

“People should avoid going near nullahs as more rains were expected. Teams of the SDRF are ready to meet any eventuality,” he said.

The administration had made security walls from the Chambal bridge to Laldhanth in Haldwani city and spent Rs 10 crores on the various works of the Rakasiya nullah which is an important water channel in the city. But despite that, the nullah was in spate on Monday.

Canals that originate from the Gola Barrage in Kathgodam and pass through the various areas of the city were also in spate owing to the heavy flow of water. The Damuwadhunga area of Haldwani city witnessed heavy flow of water on the roads which trapped many motorists inside their cars before they could come out of their vehicles with much difficulty.

“One of the reasons for the terrible flow of water in the nullahs is due to the fact that some people have encroached upon adjoining government lands restricting the flow of water,” said social activist Hemant Gauniya.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 13:06 IST