As predicted, heavy monsoon rains lashed Tehri on Thursday creating havoc for the residents of this area. After a heavy downpour at around 4 A.M. in the morning, debris started coming from upper areas of Kotiyada village in Ghansali Patti Kemar and entered about half a dozen houses in tehri creating panic among the people and stampede like situation. Rescue operation in the area was underway till late in the evening.
About 18 families were lucky to have a narrow escape in this natural calamity. As many as 18 houses are reported gutted by the debris that came suddenly after heavy downpour. People ran for their lives as soon as they saw the debris entering their houses. No loss of life has been reported so far from anywhere. The affected families had a very hard time in extricating their cattles from beneath the mound and take them to a safer place.
An affected family said that when they tried to contact the local administration, the SDM and the Patwari didn’t respond to their phone calls. They had to take shelter in other peoples’ house in Gawana Tok.
It is to be noted that on 22 July, the regional meteorological center had issued alert for heavy to very heavy rain in six districts of Uttarakhand from July 24 onwards. Issuing a ‘Yellow Coloured Watch’, The MET had said in its bulletin that after a brief subdued phase the Monsoon was likely to intensify in the state from July 24 onwards. The alert issued for six districts included Nainital, Pithoragarh, Champawat, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Pauri.
Uttarakhand, like any other Himalayan state, is prone to natural disasters. Every year loss of life and property is reported from different parts of the state. In the rainy season, the danger of cloudbursts and the lightning strikes also increases manyfold. The wounds of Kedarnath Tragedy that took place in 2013 are still fresh.