High alert sounded as Ganga River flows above danger level due to incessant rains in Uttarakhand

GG News Bureau
Dehradun, 20th June. The water level flowing above the danger mark in Ganga River for the first time since the Kedarnath 2013 natural disaster in Uttarakhand due to incessant rains resulted in sounding of high alert from Haridwar to Kanpur. All the gates of the Bhimgoda barrage were opened on Saturday the irrigation water for Uttar Pradesh, due to the opening of the barrage had to be stopped on Ganga Canal.
On the other hand, the flow of barrage water caused cracks in the approach of the temporary bridge constructed to connect Chandi Island. Namami Gange Ghat was also submerged in water, but no loss of life and property was reported so far.
The Bhimgowda barrage in Haridwar has a capacity to stop the water level of 293.00 metres, is looked after by the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation department but due to continuous rain in the mountain’s alert was sounded on Friday night had sounded an alert on Friday night. The water level reached 698 cusecs and 22 gates of the barrage were opened simultaneously by issuing high alert till Kanpur and all the staff of irrigation department were on standby as a result. As soon as the barrage water was released it began flowing over the bridge at Chandi island which led to boulders flowing in the gushing water and d several uprooted were stuck in the bridge creating cracks in the approach of the bridge. The ghats built by Namami Ganga were flooded due to the raised level of water. The bridge at the cremation ground in Kharkari was also damaged and three JCB were submerged in the water. The Aastha Kalash at Parmarth, Kankhal and Namami Ghat was submerged in the water. According to the central water commission, The river Bhagirathi at Deoprayag (B) in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand continues to flow in a severe situation at 2.00 pm yesterday and it was flowing at 465.0 m with a rising trend which was 2.00 m above its danger level of 463.0 m and 9.50 m below its previous HFL of474 m (17-06-2013).
According to the advisory on Hydro-Meteorological Situation Expected from 20-06-2021 to 21-06-2021As per rainfall pattern given in section II, Alaknanda, Bhagirathi& Ganga river basins are expected to receive moderate to heavy rainfall at widespread places in next 48 hrs. Ghaghra, Rapti, Ramganga, & Sharda river basins are expected to receive moderate rainfall at scattered places in the next 48 hours. The water level at most CWC stations is expected to rise in the next 48 hours. The level forecast will be issued if the level of the river at stations are likely to touch or cross the warning level. From the given QPF, the Above Normal situation is expected in CWC river basins.

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