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Rain hits normal life in Uttarakhand

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 17 (UNI) Heavy pre-Monsoon rain in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. UNI PHOTO-36U

Dehradun: Normal life was disrupted in Uttarakhand as rains battered most parts of the hill state on Monday, officials said.

The regional Met Office has warned of more rains in the next 36 hours and asked people to take precautions.

The annual ‘Char Dham Yatra’ has also been hit and many devotees have been stranded enroute to the four shrines – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.

The rains, which started on Sunday, continued at many places in the state including Dehradun, Badrinath, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Gopeshwar.

An overcast sky has been reported from other places.

Heavy damage has been reported in Rudraprayag where heavy hailstorm, rains and a cloudburst wreaked havoc.

The Met Office has predicted more rains due to a western disturbance in the next two days in Garhwal and the state capital.

Kedarnath, Badrinath, Hemkund Saheb, Yamunotri and Gangotri pilgrimage routes could be hit by heavy rains and hailstorm, officials said.