Flood alert in N India; 70 dead in U’khand

Last Updated: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 23:32

Zeenews Bureau

Dehra Dun: Major rivers continued to rise in Uttarakhand today even as most parts of the state experienced
a bright sunshine, giving some relief to the region where
heavy rains in the past few days had wreaked havoc killing
over 60 people and rendering thousands homeless.

Hundreds others have been rendered homeless in the natural disaster.

A worried administration has ordered schools to be shut for three days with no relief from rains in sight.

The state government has sought the help of Army, ITBP and other paramilitary forces for relief and rescue operation, an official spokesman said.

Water in the Tehri Dam has reached alarming level.

"If it breaches the 830-metre mark, there could be a deluge. The Teri Dam has the capacity to hold water up to 830 metres. The Koteshwar dam will overflow as a result. Massive damage is feared in parts of Rishikesh, Haridwar and western Uttar Pradesh," Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank told a news channel.

In Haridwar, the river Ganga is flowing two to three metres above the danger mark inundating several areas of the district with Har-Ki-Pauri submerging completely into the gushing waters.

The Yamuna, Kosi, Ramganga and other major rivers were also flowing above the danger mark with authorities issuing warning to people living close to these rivers to move to safer areas.

Flood alerts have also been issued in Delhi and Haryana.

The Met department has warned of more landslides and cloudbursts in the state.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was on alert too following reports that the Tehri dam waters had reached the danger mark, raising the spectre of floods in nearby areas.

"Water in the Tehri has reached 230 metres," Flood Forecast Monitoring Directorate officer B.D. Roy told IANS.

An official of the Tehri Dam Development Corporation said: "If the water level reaches 235 metres, the situation will be threatening."

"Response teams are always there. We have alerted all our manpower. If there is a threat at Tehri, we will rush there," R.K. Sinha, joint advisor in the NDMA, told IANS.

Any further rise in water levels in Tehri will put at risk nearby villages and towns like Haridwar, Rishikesh and adjoining areas.

An alert has been sounded in 72 villages in the Tehri lake periphery. The administration said it was prepared to face any eventuality. Many government buildings have been prepared for evacuation if the need arises.

Unusually heavy rainfall this year has seen large swathes of India bracing for floods and many thousands living in low lying areas being shifted to camps.

-Agencies inputs



First Published: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 23:32

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