Uttarakhand Rains LIVE Updates: The rains caused havoc in Uttarakhand as three people were killed in Lansdowne in Pauri Garhwal district, while the entire Tala district of Ramgarh was inundated with rainwater. People have reached their rooftops and are asking for help. Some reports said that Badrinath Expressway was closed in Chamoli district on Monday due to falling debris following heavy rain.
The authorities advised the pilgrims of Shardham not to go to the temples of the Himalayas until the weather improves. Lansdowne District Judge Vijay Kumar Jogdandi said the workers were staying in a tent in Samkhal in Puri district when debris flowed from a field above due to rain that buried them alive.
They were working on building a hotel in the area. He added that the wounded were taken to Cotwar Base Hospital. Meanwhile, the Shardham pilgrims who arrived in Haridwar and Rishikesh on Sunday were told not to proceed until the weather improved, while vehicle operation for Himalayan temples was temporarily suspended.
Passenger vehicles are not allowed to cross Chandraphaga Bridge, Tapuvan, Lakshman Jhula and Muni Ki Reti Bhadrakali in Rishikesh. Prime Minister Pushkar Singh Damy visited the Government Disaster Control Chamber of the General Secretariat here to receive weather updates and know the condition of roads and highways.
He appealed to pilgrims to postpone their trip for two days until weather conditions return to normal. They are residing in safe places spread across Haridwar, Rishikesh, Shrinagar, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Guptkashi, Ukimath, Karnaprayag, Joshimath and Bandukeshwar. Federal Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Dhami over the phone to get an update on the precautionary steps being taken by the state government in view of the heavy rain alert and reassured him of every possible assistance.
Here are the latest updates:
• It has rained on Kedarnath since Sunday night, but the Mandakini River is running at its normal level. A Devastanam council official said regular prayers at the four Himalayan temples were continuing and that pilgrims staying there were safe. Pilgrims bound for Yamunotri have been asked to stay in Badkot and Gankshati, while pilgrims bound for Gangotri have been asked to stay in Harsel, Batwari and Maniri, Uttarkashi District Judge Mayur Dikshit told PTI.
• The pilgrims heading to Kedarnath and Badrinath were also asked not to continue their journey until the weather cleared. N K Joshi, Disaster Management Officer of Chamoli District, said that most of the pilgrims on their way to Badrinath are staying in Joshimath and Chamoli. About 4,000 ytris of the 6,000 total returned in Kedarnath on Sunday while the rest are being housed in safe quarters.
NS Singh, Rudraprayaag Disaster Management Officer, said many of them have been stopped in Linshaoli and Pembali as a precaution. Chardham Devasthanam said the elytra has been temporarily suspended for the safety of pilgrims due to the heavy rain warning issued by the Uttarakhand Meteorological Department on October 17-19.
• The peaks behind Badrinath and Kedarnath received light snowfall, while the lower regions of Chamoli district experienced continuous snowfall. Rain continued in Uttarkashi and Dehradun as well. Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham in Uttarkashi district received heavy snowfall on Monday.