Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], October 18 (ANI): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Monday took detailed information from officials concerned on the situation of excessive rainfall in the state.
He has been taking stock of the situation from the disaster control room of the state's secretariat.
"I am continuously taking stock of the rain falling in different areas of the state. Taking information about the rain situation in the districts from all the district magistrates over phone, instructions have been given to provide every hourly report of the rain and traffic situation in the district," the Chief Minister said in a tweet in Hindi.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Uttarakhand with a forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state on Monday.
"Heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls very likely at isolated places over Uttarakhand and West Uttar Pradesh," IMD said in its daily weather bulletin issued on Monday morning.
As a precautionary measure, the Badrinath Yatra has been halted, and passengers en route to Badrinath were stopped in safe places.
The IMD in a tweet yesterday said that as a result of westerly disturbances interaction with low-level easterlies, Uttarakhand and other states would be experiencing thunderstorms and heavy rainfall activity.
"Thunderstorm and heavy rainfall activity over Uttarakhand, West UP and Haryana on 17th and 18th as a result of WD interaction with low-level easterlies. Cloud drifting towards West UP and southeast Haryana from the low-pressure area over Telangana begins from today afternoon," it said. (ANI)