CHAMOLI/MUSSOORIE/ALMORA, May 7
Two pilgrims from Gujarat were injured and several trees uprooted due to the thunderstorm accompanied with rains and high velocity wind lashed across the area around Gopeshwar in Chamoli district on Monday.
According to Nayab tehsildar Sohn Singh Rangad two pilgrims from Rajkot Gujarat namely Bewadi Ben aged 50 and Dewadi Ben aged 55 were injured when a branch from the tree fell on them while they were cooking food near a hotel at Kshetrpal. Both have been sent to base hospital with the help of 108 ambulance service for further treatment said Nayab tehsildar.
The thunderstorm lashed across Gopeshwar region around 3.00 pm which resulted in uprooted trees and disrupted traffic for several hours.
The tree uprooted near Kund residential colony, near district disaster management office, PG College Gopeshwar and at Pipalkoti (Kshetrpal) resulted in disruption of the traffic. The electricity pole fell off on the road after being uprooted due to the strong winds near GREF camp at Pipal koti. The road to tehsil Chamoli was also blocked due to an uprooted tree. Tehsildar said that the administration response team was quick to remove the trees uprooted on the road. More thunderstrom and high velocity winds are predicted.
Mussoorie also witnessed light spell of rain and hail in some areas around 7.15 pm forcing the tourists to run for shelter near Library Bazzar etc. The woollen garments were out once again due to the return of the cold weather here.
For Almora the met department released the warning of rains and thunder showers accompanied with hail and strong winds for next 48 hours. District Magistrate Eva Ashish Shrivastava informed that according to weather forecast warning released by Indian MET department for next 48 hours the spells of hail along with gust wind of 70 to 80 km per hour is expected in the district. The District Magistrate has declared holiday in all government and private schools on 8 May considering the forecast. She said that Anganwadi centers will also remain closed on said day under the disaster management act of 2005. In additional to the DM in her message has appealed to the people to remain indoors in case of strong winds and storm like conditions and remain away from trees, wires and poles and do not use mobile during lightning and thunder and lightning.