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Uttarakhand Rains: IMD Issues Red Alert, Badrinath Yatra Halted; Schools To Remain Shut

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, after the alert, said on Sunday that all the police officials, SDRF, and other concerned personnel have been directed to remain on high alert. 

IMD issues 'Red alert' for heavy rain today. Badrinath Yatra halted as a precautionary measure (Image: Twitter)

Uttarakhand: Uttarakhand is likely to witness heavy rainfall in the coming days. The regional meteorological centre issued a red alert of heavy to very heavy rainfall on parts of Uttarakhand on October 17 and 18. The IMD has predicted rainfall and thundershower in Delhi for October 18. Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 18.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal for this time of the year, and a maximum of 34.9 degrees Celsius, it said. IMD has also issued a red alert in five districts, an orange alert for seven districts and a yellow alert for two districts of Kerala amid continuous rainfall being recorded in various parts of the state.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, after the alert, said on Sunday that all the police officials, SDRF, and other concerned personnel have been directed to remain on high alert. 

The IMD also reported that the mercury has dropped in the district, especially in Pipalkoti, Ghat, Pokhari areas, including district headquarter Gopeshwar. The areas at the higher altitude have also received snowfall.

Schools in all of Uttarakhand were shut later in the evening. Initially, the state government had ordered the closure of schools only in Uttarkashi district. This was then followed by schools closing in Dehradun as well. Finally, seeing a possibility of the situation getting worse and for everyone’s safety, all schools in the state were asked to stay closed.  

The state government also passed a notice stating that all trekking, camping, mountaineering groups were barred from entering into all the forest areas of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Gopeshwar from 17th to 19th October. 

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