In Haridwar, Uttarakhand, the Ganga River experienced a rise in water level due to continuous rainfall, flowing slightly above the danger mark, as reported by a senior official. At 9:00 pm on Monday, the water level was recorded at 293.25 meters, surpassing the danger mark of 293 meters.
The Sub Divisional Officer of the Uttar Pradesh irrigation department mentioned that the increased water level in the Ganga at Haridwar could potentially affect some districts in Uttar Pradesh. He stated that low-lying areas and districts like Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar might be affected. However, the situation is not considered very serious, and no major damage is expected.
The Ganga River originates in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand, and passes through various districts of Uttar Pradesh. The region has been facing landslides and flood-like situations due to continuous heavy rainfall.
In Uttarakhand, the impact of persistent downpours has been significant, with instances of damage reported in several areas. For instance, a 70-meter stretch of the National Highway was damaged near Gauchar town in Chamoli district, affecting traffic.
In Uttarkashi district, the Yamunotri pilgrimage had to be halted, and traffic was suspended due to falling boulders on the Yamunotri Highway caused by continuous rains.
The incessant rainfall in Uttarkashi has resulted in substantial damage to infrastructure and livelihoods. Around 50 buildings in Purola, Barkot, and Dunda of Uttarkashi district were damaged, and 50 roads remain closed. In addition, electricity supply to about 40 villages has been disrupted, and more than 400 agricultural land drains have been washed away, causing significant challenges for the local population.