The predictions of the meteorological department came true on Saturday. Almost entire Uttarakhand is being lashed by heavy rains and this is likely to continue for at least another 24 hours.
The heavy downpour caused landslide on Mussoorie-Dehradun road on Saturday when big boulders suddenly came falling down near the main gate of ITBP on this road blocking the way for vehicular traffic.
After several hours of salvaging operation, the road could be opened for light vehicles. The landslide took place in the wee hours. Had it been the day time, it could have caused major accident.
The boulders were broken into pieces with the help of JCB to clear the road and during this period long queues of vehicles were seen on both side of the road.
Clearance of this road was a big challenge for the administration as Himalayan Conclave is scheduled to be held in Mussoorie on 28 July in which Chief Ministers of ten Himalayan States are to participate.
On account of this VVIP movement was to start from Saturday. Heavy downpour has paralysed the normal life in Mussoorie and a fall in temperature was recorded. Dehradun too witnessed continual rains.
This started right from the morning and continued till late in the night. Despite a clear order of closure of schools by the DM on Saturday in view of a rain alert, Kendriya Vidyalay remained open.
The MET has issued Orange Alert predicting heavy rains in Nainital, Champawat, Pithoragarh, Chamoli, Haridwar and Pauri apart from Dehradun.
The director of the Regional Meteorological Center Bikram Singh said that rains are likely to continue in the state till 2nd of August.
In between 31st July and 2nd August, most of the areas in Uttarakhand may witness heavy to very heavy rain.