Ganga river reached close to the danger mark in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand on Wednesday, July 10 after heavy rainfall in the region. The Meteorological department has predicted heavy to heavy rainfall in many parts of Uttarakhand, triggering fears that the water level in the river could rise even further.
Level of water in Ganga at Rishikesh reached 338.05 meters after heavy showers in the late hours of Wednesday morning. Local authorities have urged people to exercise maximum precaution in and around the riverbanks. Danger mark for water level in the river is approximately 340 meters which could well be breached as the day progresses.
A day earlier, Met Department had issued an alert of heavy to heavy rainfall for all districts of Uttarakhand, including Dehradun. While it has been raining incessantly in the state over the past few days, the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday saw an increase in intensity.
There is also a danger of cloudburst in certain parts of the state causing flooding and landslides, especially in the mountainous regions. Tourists going to hill stations in the state are also being advised to take every precaution possible to ensure their safety.
Uttarakhand had to bear the brunt of Monsoon fury over the past several years. While the floods in 2013 was the worst and caused massive destruction, subsequent years too have seen monsoon rains playing havoc in many parts.