Saturday 15 July: After a shockingly dramatic week for North India, things finally seem to be calming down in the region, with even the water level of the Yamuna receding gradually in the national capital. However, there is one hill-state that refuses to let the monsoons go and insists on using it as a punching bag to vent its frustrations – Uttarakhand.
Over 250 roads in the state, including some major national highways, have already been closed due to landslides in the last few days of rain. But the heavy downpour is not expected to subside until Saturday morning. As a result, the Yamunotri and Badrinath highways had to be blocked today as several commuters were trapped by falling debris.
Yamunotri Highway No. 123 had to be blocked near Chami village in Pauri tehsil of Uttarakhand’s Garhwal district, with dozens of vehicles stuck on both sides of the road. The Badrinath National Highway, which is very important for pilgrims to the Badrinath temple and used to transport supplies and troops to their bases, was also blocked near Pagal Nala in Pipalotti.
However, reports suggest that JCB of National Highways has already been sent to the places to take care of the matter and clean the roads.
Meanwhile, Heavy to very heavy rain (64.5 mm – 204.5 mm) is expected to continue over Uttarakhand for the next five days, till Wednesday (July 19). Find the full forecast here.
As a result, the Himalayan state may witness more catastrophic events in the coming days.
In fact, moderate to high intensity Flash flood The alert has been issued in Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Champawat and Nainital districts of the state. Low to moderate flooding is likely in a few watersheds and adjoining areas of Uttarakhand during the next 24 hours. Surface runoff or flooding may occur in some areas with fully saturated soils and low-lying areas during this period.
To protect yourself from flash floods, move to higher ground immediately. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, ravines, and other areas prone to flash flooding. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without normal warnings like rain clouds or heavy rain, warns the National Disaster Management Authority.
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