Heavy rain alert issued in Uttarakhand

Heavy rain alert issued in Uttarakhand
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Dehradun: A “heavy to very heavy rain” alert was issued on Wednesday in Uttarakhand for the next 48 hours by the Regional Met Office.

After a brief respite on Tuesday, the skies opened up again at many places in the hill state on Wednesday, throwing the normal life out of gear, officials said.

More than four dozen link roads in the hill roads being cut off due to rains.

The maximum number of roads that have been either washed away or are out of bounds for vehicular traffic are in Chamoli and Pithoragarh, an official told IANS.

The busy Yamunotri highway which has been closed since July 21, remains in the same state due to landslides in Dabarkot area.

“More than 400 metres of the highway is prone to landslides and two surveys have been done under the all-weather road project but no solution has been found as yet,” an official said.

Debris continue to flow on the Gangotri highway, disrupting the traffic.

Meanwhile, officials of the state government also said 58 members of the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage, who were stranded in Pithoragarh for the last eight days because of extremely inclement weather have been air-lifted to safety on Tuesday as the weather cleared briefly and a chopper could makes sorties.

Fifty-four members of the same pilgrimage, however, were still in Almora due to bad weather.

IANS