Kali river reaches near danger water level mark in Pithoragarh as rain lashes across the state.

BD Kasniyal/Ajay Ramola
GG News Bureau
Pithoragarh, 18th  June. As per the Met department protection, heavy rains lashed across Garhwal and Dehradun region putting normal life out of gear on Friday. Heavy rains were experienced across the region including Dehradun, Mussoorie, Uttarkashi, New Tehri Chamba and Pithoragarh etc.
Most of the rivers are flowing at high levels with some rivers reaching near danger marks.
At Pithoragarh, an alert has been sounded against flooding river Kali in Dharchula and Jauljibi villages situated near the banks of the river, by the district administration.
The water level has reached at 889.60 meters, near the danger level which is at 890 meters above sea level. District administration sources said.
“After the river flowing level reached the danger mark, we have sounded an alert in the nearby villages along the river basin in areas under the district from Dharchula to Jhoola ghat,” Anand Swaroop, district magistrate Pithoragarh. We are ready to save every life from the flooding rivers at the moment and will be monitoring the situation closely during the monsoons, he added.
Meanwhile, reports of waterlogging and power disruption were also reported from many areas in the state.
According to the district magistrate, the SDMs of Dharchula, Didihat and Pithoragarh have been instructed to vacate the houses from the villages that come near the riverbank. “besides instructing sub-divisional administration, we also have informed all concerned security agencies assigned for disaster safety and Officers of BRO and PWD to remain alert in case any critical situation arises. “Said the DM.
The district magistrate said that the transportation has been halted temporarily on the bridges built on Kali river for security reasons and officers have been instructed to shift the villagers under risk to safe makeshift shelters managed by district administration considering the advent of Monsoon in mind.
“we have also instructed the officials to sound alert by loudspeakers in the villages situated near the banks of River Ramagnga and Saryu if their water level increases.” said the DM.
The India Meteorological Department and Meteorological Centre Dehradun had predicted and heavy showers, especially in hilly areas on 17th and 18th June.
The Met department has already issued an orange alert for 06 districts. Heavy rain is expected at isolated places in Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Nainital, Almora, Champawat and Udhamsingh Nagar districts. In addition, lightning and intense showers are likely to occur at isolated places over Tehri, Pauri, Dehradun, Bageshwar, Almora, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar and Pithoragarh. According to an alert issued by meteorology, the weather is expected to remain normal for the next three days, during which rain will occur in some areas and bright sunshine in some areas.
According to the National weather forecasting centre, the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) continues to pass through lat. 20.5°N/ Long. 60°E, Diu, Surat, Nandurbar, Bhopal, Nowgong, Hamirpur, Barabanki, Bareilly, Saharanpur, Ambala and Amritsar. Large-scale atmospheric conditions are not favourable for further advance of monsoon into Rajasthan, remaining parts Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. However, there could below progress into some more parts of Gujarat state, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh during next 2 days. A cyclonic circulation lies over Gangetic West Bengal & neighbourhood is being observed and under its influence, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim and north Odisha during in next 2 days. A cyclonic circulation lies over East Uttar Pradesh & the neighbourhood. Under its influence, fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely over East Uttar Pradesh during next 2-3 days. An offshore trough runs from the south Gujarat coast to north Kerala coast. A Western Disturbance runs from north Jammu & Kashmir to the northeast Arabian Sea. Under its influence, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely over Uttarakhand on 18th June. Moderate to severe thunderstorms accompanied by frequent cloud to ground lightning highly likely over Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, and Jharkhand on 18th June. This may cause injuries leading to casualties to people and animals staying outdoors.

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