It is expected that Heavy overnight rainfall triggered landslides in many places across Uttarakhand on Sunday might affect Char Dham yatra. Recent talks have centered around blocking over 62 roads in the state, officials said.
Officials from the State Emergency Operations Centre said that till Sunday evening, 62 roads were blocked across the state including national and state highways and other motorable roads. Most of the roads blocked were link roads connecting villages.
A stretch of a link road leading to Yamunotri shrine was washed away due to heavy rain on Saturday. Subsequently, around 30 pilgrims were safely rescued by district administrations. Officials from the district control room said that yatra is likely to remain affected over the next ten days which has been a major cause of concerns amongst the ‘bhakts’ lately.
A light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers have been predicted by the India Meteorological Department as likely to occur at many places in Dehradun, Pauri and Nainital districts and at few places in Tehri, Udham Singh Nagar, Almora and Pithoragarh districts on Monday. Predictions also suggest that isolated places in Uttarakhand might experience heavy lightning.
According to the MeT department, Uttarakhand has already received 907.2 mm of rainfall from June to September 9 compared to 1063.3 mm (the normal range) for these months. Bageshwar district has received the maximum rainfall with a 157% departure from normal rainfall limit and Champawat has received the least rainfall with a negative 50% departure. The state is in an overall 15% rainfall deficit. Recent landslides have made the situation very difficult for people in the area. Some good news is strongly hoped for.