Uttarakhand issues travel advisory as heavy rain forecast in parts of state

Just a few hours drive from the national capital, Uttarakhand is a popular destination for quick getaways among tourists even during the monsoon season. Places like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Landour, Nainital, Ranikhet, Champavan, Tehri among others are famous for their scenic views, waterfalls and treks not to mention balmy air. However, incessant and heavy rains can pose a danger to tourists.

Uttarakhand Meteorological Service has issued an orange alert for Dehradun, Tehri, Pauri and Champawat for July 5-6 where heavy rains are expected. It also issued a yellow alert for Bageshwar, Nainital and Dehradun for July 7-8.

Uttarakhand Police have advised tourists and residents to be careful while traveling in these areas over the four days.

Due to the bad weather, landslides are likely to occur and the roads are bound to be slippery, especially at the corners of the mountainous terrain, the Uttarakhand Police advisory said. There are also chances that the water level of the rivers will rise due to continuous heavy rains, leading to flooding. While it is not only risky to be outdoors during heavy rains, landslides also lead to giant traffic jams that can last for hours until the road is cleared for vehicles to pass.

Uttarakhand Police have advised tourists to stay indoors and put their adventures on hold as they could turn into nightmares. Police also advised tourists to only go ahead with their travel plans if the weather permits and to keep an eye on the forecast.

Residents living near rivers have been urged to move to safer locations and also transport their products with them.

In case of emergency, visitors and residents can contact the Uttarakhand Police by calling 112 or go to the nearest police station.

The state has faced many instances of flash floods and landslides in the past due to incessant rains. In October of last year, Nainital Lake overflowed due to heavy rains and flooded large parts of the city. Floodwaters also inundated Jim Corbett National Park. Tourists had to be rescued in tractors due to high water levels.

In 2013, extreme rainfall in Uttarakhand caused the Chorabari Glacier to melt, resulting in a dangerously swollen Mandakini River. There were massive flash floods and landslides, which killed more than 5,000 residents and tourists.

(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)


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