Dehradun Bridge Collapses due to Heavy Rains

New Delhi, August 27: Uttarakhand suffered major losses today following days of incessant rain as a bridge over Jakhan river collapsed and a key road caved, damaging several vehicles. No casualties have been reported till now but transport has been badly hit in several parts of the city and even the state.

Parts of a bridge over River Jakhan on the Dehradun-Rishikesh highway collapsed in Ranipokhari. Visuals from the spot showed several vehicles stuck in the rubble and people fleeing.

Rescue and deep diving teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have reached the site. Rescue and relief operation are on, report said.

District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar says traffic on the route has been halted.

In another incident, parts of the Maldevta-Sahastradhara Link Road caved in and merged with a river following incessant rainfall in Dehradun.

Meanwhile, National Highway 58 was closed from Tapovan to Maletha due to heavy rainfall in the area, the Tehri-Garhwal district authorities have said, according to the reports.

The Rishikesh-Devprayag, Rishikesh-Tehri, and Dehradun-Mussoorie roads, too, have been closed due to landslides at many places following rains over the past 3-4 days, the state police have said. They have cautioned people against travelling to the area till the inclement weather changes.

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