Dehradun: Rain is still expected in the Kumaon and Garhwal areas of Uttarakhand. The MET department has predicted maximum rainfall in some areas of Dehradun, Nainital, Champawat, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh in the next 24 hours with severe thundershowers. The MET department has also issued a yellow alert. Dehradun and adjoining areas may receive the highest rainfall of one or two rounds. After the rains, the water again increased in the Jakhan river at Ranipokhari in Rishikesh late in the night. This stopped movement.
Following the MET department's alert, Collector Dr R Rajesh Kumar has directed the officials of all disaster management departments to remain vigilant. The Collector has instructed all concerned departmental officers to keep a close watch on the situation and be present in their respective areas. He has asked for immediate relief action on receipt of disaster information.
At the same time, the Deputy Collector has been instructed to stay in his locality and get information from regional accountants. The Collector has warned of action against the concerned departmental officers, employees in case of negligence in disaster management. Dehradun and adjoining areas received rain from Monday evening till early Tuesday morning. The Yamunotri Highway was closed due to debris coming near Dharasu Band and Paligad in the morning after rain since late Monday night. The highway has been streamlined after about three hours. But the movement remains risky due to the falling of stones along the swamp.