After the alert issued by state meteorological centre, the Dehradun district administration has taken precautionary steps to temporarily shift people living on riverbanks to safer locations. The level of water in rivers such as Tons, Chandrabhaga, Rispana and Bindal has increased considerably in the past 48 hours. However, many people living on the banks of these rivers are still reluctant to relocate temporarily.
Dehradun district magistrate C Ravishankar said, “After receiving warning of increased water level from several areas instructions were issued to relocate the people residing near the banks to more secure locations. Some of these locations are government buildings, some are Ashrams and few are private.”
Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Arun Mohan Joshi said, “Soon after receiving warning we coordinated with our local units. The relocation in Rishikesh on Sunday evening went on smoothly. The teams are ready and are instructed to stay on high alert.”
It is pertinent to mention here that state meteorological centre has stated that this monsoon season already the percent of rain is 125 per cent higher than the usual. The next likely heavy rainfall is to occur on August 23 and 24. Authorities have been asked to stay on high alert.