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Roads leading to Gangotri/Yamunotri closed

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

Incessant rain across the state threw normal life out of gear on Saturday. All schools remained shut in Dehradun as the district administration had declared a holiday on Saturday.

As per the state disaster management authority, the Rishikesh-Gangotri national highway (NH-108) had remained blocked since morning due to debris falling in Maneri and Naytala. While the Rishikesh- Yamunotri (NH-94) national highway was also blocked at Ojri, Sayanchatti, Dabarkot and Ranachatti. The district authorities said JCB machines were being utilised for removing debris. There may be no respite from rain on Sunday as the Met Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain, which is likely to occur in Dehradun, Nainital, Uttarkashi, Tehri, Haridwar and Pauri in the next 72 hours.

On Friday, Rishikesh recorded 132mm of rain, Mussoorie recorded 99 mm, Haridwar 96 mm, Dehradun 98.8 mm, Uttarkashi 65 mm, Tehri 60 mm and Mukteshwar 19 mm. In Dehradun, 45 roads were blocked, most of these are in Tyuni in Chakrata. In Tyuni, shopkeepers had been asked to remain vigilant as the water level in the Tons river had swollen. In Haridwar, waterlogging occurred at several places in Pathri village. A bridge that connects Sidcul and Haridwar has developed cracks due to the seasonal rivulet flowing underneath.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh had instructed the Disaster Management Department to remain alert keeping in view the continuous rain and Met Department predicting further rainfall in the region. Immediate response system (IRS) has also been made fully active.

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