Uttarakhand CM Dhami Issues Alert Amid Heavy Rainfall, Directs Swift Response Measures

Officials Instructed to Maintain 24x7 Vigilance for Disaster Relief and Rescue

Dehradun, 6 July 2024 : Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has directed officials to maintain a 24×7 alert for disaster relief and rescue operations as the state faces intense rainfall. Following a virtual meeting with the Kumaon Commissioner from his camp office on Saturday, Dhami emphasized readiness to respond swiftly to any emergencies arising from the adverse weather conditions.

Instructing district and tehsil administrations to be prepared for scenarios like waterlogging, Dhami underscored the importance of ensuring adequate arrangements for shelter and food for affected individuals. He stressed continuous coordination with tehsil-level control rooms to promptly address road closures and other infrastructure disruptions caused by the ongoing rains.

Furthermore, Dhami mandated that decisions regarding school operations be made based on updates from the Meteorological Department and local weather forecasts, ensuring the safety of students and staff.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall has led to the closure of over 100 roads across Uttarakhand, with significant disruptions reported on key routes including Rudraprayag Gaurikund National Highway-107 and Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district. Police authorities are actively working to clear debris and restore traffic flow in affected areas.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for the state, predicting extremely heavy rainfall until July 6, with potential isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall on July 7. Major rivers in Uttarakhand, including the Ganga, Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Sarada, Mandakini, and Kosi, are flowing above danger levels, heightening concerns of flooding and further disruptions.

The state government urges residents and travelers to exercise caution and take necessary precautions during this period of heightened rainfall and potential hazards.

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