Uttarakhand News

MeT department issues heavy rainfall alert in Kumaon and Garhwal region for next 72 hours

The weather department has issued heavy rainfall warning alert for Kumaon as well as Garhwal region of Uttarakhand for the next 72 hours. The state has received moderate to heavy rainfall since July in the present monsoon season, triggering cloudbursts and landslides in several parts of the state. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places especially in Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Chamoli, Nainital, US Nagar and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand during the period, MeT office director Bikram Singh said.

At present, the axis of Monsoon trough is running via Bareilly and is expected to gradually shift over the foothills of Himalayas. In addition to that, the Western Disturbance over North Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir is also likely to bring in heavy rains over the hilly states of North India. Road and highway blockages cannot be ruled out in this weather. In fact, the chances of cloudbursts cannot be ignored as well. Hence, people are advised to take extra caution while traveling to the hills at least this week.

Inputs from Press Trust of India