Red alert for heavy rain in Uttarakhand

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The Met department has issued a red alert in Uttrakhand for heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), on Thursday, said heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Dehradun, Tehri, Nainital, Rudraprayag, and Pithoragarh districts of the state.

Gusty winds with a speed of 30-40 Kmph are also expected in isolated places in the plains of the state, the Met bulletin from Dehradun said.

The 24-hour-long red alert advisory began on Wednesday night. Since yesterday, many parts of the state have seen continuous rainfall. Dehradun, Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Roorkee, and Kumaon division experienced continuous rains.

Snowfall has also been reported in the higher regions of the state. An increase in the water level of river Alaknanda was also reported on Wednesday before the rains started.

Active remnants of the cyclone Tauktae have been attributed as the cause of the rains.

“The cyclone has now weakened and has reached its point of depression. However, its remnants are still very active in Northern India, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, west of Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand,” said RK Jenamani, senior scientist, National Weather Forecasting Centre, India Meteorological Department.

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