New Delhi, July 11: At least seven people died in rain-related incidents in Dehradun city of Uttarakhand. The state has been put on alert, schools have been closed down as rivers swell and bridges washed away due to heavy rains. The India Meteorological Department on Tuesday predicted “heavy to very heavy” at isolated places in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand over the next 24 hours, prompting authorities to sound an alert all over the state.

All Government schools and aanganwadi centres in Dehradun have been shut following a thunderstorm and heavy rain alert. Heavy rain may also lash parts of the Garhwal region of the state especially Chamoli, Pauri and Rudraprayag districts on July 10 and 11, the department said. The State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) wrote to all district magistrates to be on high alert in view of the Met department’s warning. “Officials should be alert all the time and keep their mobiles phones and wireless systems on,” it said.

Recent spell of rains damaged roads and bridges in Munsyari and Dharchula areas of Pithoragarh district where one person was killed after being hit by a rock and three persons were feared drowned. NH-94 Chamba-Rishikesh has reportedly blocked following landslides near Fakot and Bhinnu. Clearing operations are underway, news agency ANI reported.

Heavy rains continue to lash different parts of the country. In Manipur, at least nine people died in a landslide in Manipur’s Tamenglong, news agency ANI reported. According to reports, the landslide was reported during the intermittent period of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

At least two persons were killed in rain-related accidents in Maharashtra’s Palghar while road, rail traffic and flights were severely hit as the country’s commercial capital and many parts of the state were battered by incessant rains for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, officials said. Mumbai has now been placed at high alert.

With agency inputs