Vehicular movement laden with essential supplies to the border district of Pithoragarh remain disrupted from past three days due to mudslide triggered by rains
BD Kasniyal/Ajay Ramola
GG News Bureau
Pithoragarh/ Dehradun, 17th June. vehicular transportation and essential supplies to the border district of Pithoragarh remained disrupted on the third day due to the mudslide resulting in road blockade Tanakpur to Pithoragarh all-weather highway that was triggered by heavy rains.
” Due to sliding of heavy boulders alone with debris, the road is closed at three places, we have deployed, all required machinery, to remove the debris at Delhi Bend, Meena Bazar and Chupkot bend has ben deployed o on the road but the volume but the fresh debris falling on the road is hindering the clearing work “said LD Mathela, an NH division engineer of PWD that maintains the highway.
According to the NH engineer they were expecting to open the road on Thursday but due to fresh mud debris falling on the road in all three places, they could not open the road .” if the fresh debris does fall, we will open the road by on Friday”, said the NH engineer.
According to reports received from Champawat, the vehicular connectivity to Tanakpur railway station is also disrupted at Dhaun on Tanakpur to Champawat highway.
Pithoragarh town, some 150 km from Tanakpur plains, is facing a shortage of essential goods as vegetables, milk is supplied from in the district from Tanakpur Champawat district.
“the increased spell of rains in the district from last three days, caused the slides and consequently resulting in road closure but we are making arrangements of shelters for the essential supplies and people in their vehicles stuck on the road,” said Anand Swaroop, district magistrate Pithoragarh. Efforts are to open the roads closed as early as possible, he added.
According to weather department sources, nearly 50mm of rain have been recorded in the last 3 days with 149 mm of rain recorded at the Banbasa area, followed by Pithoragarh town at 48mm.
While the countrywide monsoon prediction by the National Weather Forecasting Centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that a Western Disturbance runs from north Jammu & Kashmir to the northeast Arabian Sea. Under its influence, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfalls fall was very likely over Uttarakhand during the next 2 days.
The Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) continues to pass through 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 However, there could be slow progress into some more parts of Gujarat state and Uttar Pradesh during next 2 to 3 days.
A cyclonic circulation lies over Gangetic West Bengal & Under its influence, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely over Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim and north Odisha during next 2-3 days.
A cyclonic circulation lies over East Uttar Pradesh & 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 south Karnataka to north Kerala coast. Under its influence, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls highly likely over Konkan & Goa and Madhya Maharashtra during next 2-3 days; over Karnataka and Kerala & Mahe during next 2 days. Isolated extremely heavy falls also very likely over Konkan & Goa and Madhya Maharashtra during next 24
A Western Disturbance runs from north Jammu & Kashmir to northeast Arabian Sea. Under its influence, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfalls falls very likely over Uttarakhand during next 2 days. Moderate to severe thunderstorms accompanied by frequent cloud to ground lightning very likely over Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand during 17th-18th June. This may cause injuries leading to casualties to people and animals staying outdoors.