New Delhi, Oct 19, 2021: At least 16 people have died in Uttarakhand in the past two days, where torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides in many parts of the state. Of these, 11 people died on Tuesday.
In Uttarakhand, five people - including three workers from Nepal, died in rain-related incidents on Monday. Another two people were injured. The workers from Nepal were in a tent at Samkhal near Lansdowne in Pauri district when rubble from a field flowed towards their lodging due to the rain and buried them alive. District Magistrate Vijay Kumar Jogdande said the two injured people have been admitted to the Kotdwar base hospital.
The heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc in the state with authorities halting the Badrinath Char Dham Yatra till the situation improves.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Union Minister Ajay Bhatt on Tuesday to take stock of the situation in Uttarakhand, which has been battered by rains for the last couple of days.
Heavy to very heavy rain, lightning, hail storms and high speed winds (60-70 kmph) have been predicted by the Met department for all 13 districts of Uttarakhand between October 17 and 19.
Portion of bridge collapses in Haldwani
A portion of a bridge in Haldwani was seen getting washed away due to a rise in the water level of the Gaula river following heavy rain in Uttarakhand. Visuals showed the water pounding the bridge, a significant portion of which washed out due to the impact.
A cloudburst was reported in a village of Ramgarh in Nainital district on Tuesday. People are feared trapped under the debris. Police teams and administration have rushed to the spot, ANI news agency reported.According to Nainital SSP Preeti Priyadarshini, some injured have been rescued from the spot but their actual number is yet to be ascertained.
Nainital Lake in the district has been overflowing, which has flooded the streets and entered buildings and houses. Visuals showed water being knee-deep and flowing at a great pace with two men struggling to cross the street.
Despite the four gates of the lake being open up to 12 inches, the water level of the lake has been increasing continuously and the water of the lake is passing through the Tallital bus stand on the Mall road towards Bhowali and Haldwani road.
Around 100 stranded in resort
100 people were stuck at Lemon Tree Resort located at Ramnagar-Ranikhet route, news agency ANI reported.
"All of them are safe and process to rescue them is on. Water from the Kosi River entered the resort after the river overflowed, blocking the route to the resort", said Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar.
#WATCH | Uttarakhand:Locals present at a bridge over Gaula River in Haldwani shout to alert a motorcycle rider who was coming towards their side by crossing the bridge that was getting washed away due to rise in water level. Motorcycle rider turned back & returned to his own side pic.twitter.com/Ps4CB72uU9— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2021
Another video shows people trying to warn a motorcyclist from crossing a bridge over the Gaula river in Haldwani district.