Many rivers including Alaknanda and Ganga are already flowing above the danger mark while rivers Sharda, Ramganga, Kosi, Kailash and Saryu follow as it continues to rain incessantly in the hill states of north India.
Sitarganj (Uttarakhand): Heavy rainfall causes water level of rivers Kailash, Begul and Sukhi to rise. pic.twitter.com/7Rg2VqaGVZ
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On Saturday, it was reported that heavy rainfall in Srinagar caused the river Alaknanda to overflow and submerge temples. Heavy rainfall has caused landslides in the regions of Ukhimath and Mandi. In Chamoli, landslides have caused 22 roads to be blocked in several villages.
Nine people have died because of the torrential rains that have left the rivers in spate since early July. Many others have been reported missing.
The Badrinath and Kedarnath pilgrimages have suffered as the route stays choked due to landslides in the region.
Even the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra road has been blocked near Mangti border. The route is likely to be unblocked by Sunday evening.
Forecast suggests heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next two days and high alert has been declared in the state of Uttarakhand considering the current state of the worst stricken regions of Haldwani, Mussoorie, Srinagar and Someshwar.
Heavy rainfall left most regions in Haridwar waterlogged leaving locals in distress as water entered their houses.The newly constructed bridge near Hill bypass road caved as a result of the heavy downpour.
For July 18, all schools are to be remained closed in Nainital whereas schools up to class 5 will remain closed in Udham Singh Nagar district.
Meanwhile, Haridwar-Delhi highway has been closed and all routes have been diverted following torrential rainfall. Railway track near the Haridwar railway station has also been blocked due to debris.