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Heavy rainfall to continue, landslide warning issued for Uttarakhand

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Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is likely to continue over Uttarakhand for the next few days, especially in Uttarkashi, Nainital, Dehradun and Pauri, the meteorological department has predicted.

According to the Met office, landslides could occur in most of the hill districts.

Director of the regional meteorological centre in Dehradun, Bikram Singh, said people residing near the banks of rivulets or in low lying areas and rainwater streams must remain cautious.

“People need to be extremely careful as we may see landslides in most of the hill districts. We are advising people not to travel these days,” Bikram Singh said.

The Garhwal Division’s Uttarakashi, Tehri Garhwal, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal districts have been put on high alert. Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, and Nainital districts in the Kumaon division have also been asked to be on high alert for the next few days.

The water level of Ganga in Gangotri has risen significantly due to heavy rainfall and after parts of a mountain near the Gangotri Dham fell into the waterbody, the district administration told news agency ANI on Wednesday.

Last week, many people suffered huge losses after a series of landslides occurred along the Tanakpur-Ghat national highway in Uttarakhand’s Champawat district following heavy rains earlier this week.

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