Ganga flowing above warning level in Haridwar
The water level in the Ganga crossed the warning mark at Neel Dhara in Haridwar today following heavy rain in more than five districts of the state.
The Ganga water level at the Neel Dhara Central Water Commission observatory touched 293.40 metre in the evening, surpassing the 292 metre warning level. However, the water started receding in the evening and touched 293.20 m.
Lower parts on the banks of Ganga ghats at Neel Dhara-Sapt Rishi remained submerged in water. ashram inmates, pilgirms and local people were seen gauging the spate in the Ganga.
The District Disaster Management office is monitoring the situation round-the-clock and has informed the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation department office, which controls the Ganga affairs.
Heavy rain forecast
The State Meteorological Centre on Friday issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in several districts of the state for the next two days. Officials of the district administration have been instructed to remain vigilant.
The higher areas of Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pauri and Uttarkashi under Garhwal division, along with Nainital, Pithoragarh, Almora and Champawat districts are likely to witness heavy rainfall.
Meanwhile, rain lashed the city today afternoon, bringing respite from scorching heat to the residents. It also triggered waterlogging in different parts of the city.
State Meteorological Centre director Bikram Singh said higher areas were likely to get heavy rainfall for the next two days. He said moderate rain or thunderstorm was likely to occur at most places in Uttarakhand in the next 48 hours.