Rains in Uttarakhand: High alert as rivers breach danger mark

Seven persons killed in rain-related mishaps; three others washed away in Haridwar; over 900 pilgrims on 'Chaar Dham Yatra' route stranded at different points; Yamuna valley in Uttarkashi cut off from state capital

Uttarakhand has been put on high alert as Saryu, Sharda, Gori and Bhagirathi rivers are flowing above the danger mark while Alaknanda and Mandakini are in spate and could breach the danger mark any time, following heavy rains.

Heavy rains continued to pound Uttarakhand on Monday causing most rivers to breach its danger mark, an official said.

Seven persons were killed in rain-related mishaps and three persons were washed away in Haridwar late Sunday.

According to the Disaster Management Cell, over 900 pilgrims on ‘Chaar Dham Yatra’ route were stranded at different points due to the incessant rains.

At many places the roads have caved in, with landslides blocking vehicular movement, the official said.

The connection of Yamuna valley in Uttarkashi has been completely snapped with the state capital as a result of which more than four lakh people were left to fend for themselves.

Rail traffic was also hit as boulders had come tumbling on Haridwar-Dehradun route tunnel.

More than a dozen houses were reported to have collapsed in the hill areas of the Kumaon division but no loss of life was reported.