Incessant rain disrupts daily life in Uttarakhand; roads blocked, rivers swell, Naini Lake hovers just below danger mark | Dehradun News. indiabusinessport.com


NAINITAL/PITHORAGARH/DEHRADUN: Continuous torrential rainfall lashed Uttarakhand over the last three days, especially Kumaon, disrupting daily life.
In Nainital, the Naini lake rose over 11ft on Sunday, and administration officials are apprehensive that more rain may take it to the danger level of above 12 ft, causing the lake to overflow. In districts bordering Nepal, several roads, including the Tanakpur-Pithoragarh road and the Dharchula-Lipulekh road, were blocked.
The heavy rainfall brought tourist activities to a standstill in Nainital. “The water level of Naini Lake was 10ft and 2 inches on Saturday and rose to 10ft and 3 inches on Sunday morning. Till evening, it could reach 12ft, as it’s raining heavily,” said Ramesh Singh, in-charge of lake control room.
Roads blocked, tourism hit in Uttarakhand‘s hill towns
To prevent a situation like last year — when the Mall Road and the one to Bhowali were flooded when the water level in Naini Lake crossed the danger mark — floodgates were opened towards the evening as the level neared 11 feet 5 inches. The water will be drained and directed downhill towards Haldwani to prevent any casualty,”
AK Verma, executive engineer of irrigation department, told TOI. While Nainital city received 120mm rain, Mukteshwar received 110 mm, Kaladhungi 80mm, Haldwani 70mm and Bhimtal 140 mm in the past 24 hours.
Pithoragarh, which received 84mm rain in the last 24 hours, remained cut off from Nainital and Tanakpur, said district disaster management officer BS Mahar. Over 20 roads are blocked in the district, including Tanakpur-Pithoragarh highway, Dharchula-Lipulekh border road, Pithoragarh-Almora road (at Makrau). The Kali river, which separates the district from Nepal, is in spate and other rivers nearby have also swollen.
Tourists have been advised to stay where they are and not leave their current location after fresh snowfall hit Munsyari and Dharchula blocks, Mahar said.
Champawat district too received incessant rainfall over the last 24 hours. Lohaghat recorded 140 mm rainfall, followed by 110 mm in Pancheshwar, 80mm in Devidhura and 70mm in Chalthi. In the district, over 22 roads are blocked, including the Tanakpur Ghat road, which got blocked in at least 10 places. The district administration has stopped all vehicular movement on this road and has arranged food and shelter for commuters stranded in Tanakpur. The Purnagiri temple yatra has been stopped till October 12 due to heavy rain. The Champawat district administration has issued an advisory to check road conditions before making a journey.
The rain and snow (in higher reaches) also led to the temperature dropping across the state.
The Met centre has issued a yellow alert for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in some parts of the state till October 12.





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