On a slippery road due to incessant rains in high altitude areas of Uttarakhand, a school van lost control and fell into a gorge in Chamoli district on Friday.
At least eight people including six school students of nearby schools are reported injured in this accident. The accident took place on a rainy day when a Max carrying school students among others skidded off the road near Senti on Ghat-Bhenti highway in Chamoli district.
As per information received so far, students of Guru Ram Rai and Himalaya Public School were on board the ill-fated vehicle at the time of the accident. Soon after the accident a hue and cry followed at the site. As the news of this accident spread, rescue team rushed to the spot and started the operation. The injured were taken to Karnprayag where they are under treatment.
Almost all parts of Uttarakhand including plains as well are being lashed by heavy rains for the last two days causing accidents and bringing the normal life to a standstill. On Thursday, more than a dozen houses were gutted in Tehri due to the debris that came along with the rainwater. Rain is being assigned as the reason for this road accident in Chamoli too. The narrow and zig-zag link roads and highways in hilly areas of the state become very dangerous and risky for the vehicles and daily commuters during rainy season as apart from the risk of vehicles skidding off the roads, there is a big danger of landslides also.
Meanwhile, the regional Meteorological center (MET) issued alert again on Friday predicting heavy to very heavy rain on July 27 in Dehradun and six other districts of the state namely Pauri, Haridwar, Chamoli, Nainital, Champawat and Pithoragarh. Keeping in view the alert, the DM of Dehradun C. Ravishankar has ordered the closure of all schools in the district on 27 July as a precautionary measure to avoid any mishappening.
Dehradun and its adjoining areas witnessed incessant rains on Friday so much so that many areas in the city got inundated. Almost 112 link roads all over the state were disrupted. Rishikesh-Gangotri highway remained closed for the third day in a row. Rishikesh-Yamunotri highway too remained closed for several hours stranding about 300 travelers.