Following disruption and damage caused by heavy rain in Dehradun on Tuesday night and Wednesday, the district administration said that it will pay admissible relief amounts to about 500 families whose properties got damaged due to the flooding following incessant rain. Considering the orange alert issued by the state meteorological centre in the district till August 28, the district magistrate R Rajesh Kumar has also issued orders to shift the people residing near rivers to safer places.
Due to heavy rainfall in surrounding hill areas along with the incessant rain in Dehradun, water was overflowing on the roads in various areas of the city including IT Park, Canal Road, Kishan Nagar Chowk, Clock Tower, Sahastradhara Road, Raipur and Khabadwala among others. Due to the overflowing water streets in areas like Karnpur, Survey Chowk, Dalanwala, Salawala, Chukhuwala, Raipur Road, Hathibarkala, Rajpur and Kandoli also resulted in water entering houses in these areas late on Tuesday night. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) also rescued about 12 people stuck in the building of the State Health Authority in IT Park due to heavy rainfall late on Tuesday night. A cloud burst was also reported near Santala Devi temple in Khabadwala in the wee hours of Wednesday. Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and cabinet minister Ganesh Joshi visited Khabadwala on Wednesday and distributed relief material to the affected villagers. Besides this, some embankments and portions of homes also collapsed near the Rispana river in Adhoiwala and Panchpuri area due to the heavy rainfall. Overflowing streets were observed on Wednesday too in many parts of the city. The disaster management control room of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) also received over 15 complaints from several areas like Vijay Park, Dobhalwala, Kesarwala and IT Park among others since late night on Tuesday. According to the control room operator, most of these complaints were about waterlogged streets and the rainwater mixed with debris entering into many houses. Teams were extracting water from waterlogged streets and houses till late evening. Talking about the situation of the city on Wednesday, the Dehradun sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Gopal Ram Binwal said that all the teams are on full alert mode for any possible disaster in the city. He said that a few people living under the Bindal Bridge were also shifted to safer places. He informed that due to incessant rain since Tuesday night, water entered in about 500 houses of the city damaging some belongings of the families but there was no loss of lives and serious property damage in any area. He said that the administration has started the process of paying the quick relief amount to all such families from Wednesday. The DM has also issued orders for all SDMs and city magistrates on Wednesday to start the process of shifting people residing near the rivers to safer places. He has directed the officials to provide dry ration and food packets to the affected families across the district too.