The Meteorological Department has issued a warning of heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, as a result of which the yatra to Kedarnath has been postponed till Friday.
According to the officials at the Disaster Management Department, the journey to Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and the Sikh pilgrim spot of Hemkund Sahib is being hindered by continuous landslides. A warning has been issued for those taking the Char Dham Yatra across these regions.
The weather forecast for Wednesday states ‘Heavy rainfall may occur at isolated places in south Uttarakhand especially in some parts of Champawat, Pithoragarh, Nainital, Almora and Pauri districts.’
Water level rise
According to data released by the Central Water Commission, water level in the Mandakini, Bhagirathi, and Alaknanda rivers is rising due to continuous rainfall. The Alaknanda river at Srinagar has crossed its warning level of 535 metres (m) and is trending towards a rise, data states.
The water level in the Ganga at Rishikesh too is on the rise and might soon cross its warning level of 339.5 m.