A video of the incident showed the two trucks trapped over the rubble of the bridge with water gushing under it.
With incessant rains and flooding situations, several rivers across the country have been flowing near or over the danger mark. The sheer force of water has also washed away many bridges this year. Today, a bridge over the Jakhan river in Dehradun caved in when two trucks were crossing the river. The bridge is a part of on Ranipokhari-Rishikesh highway in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
A video of the incident showed the two trucks trapped over the rubble of the bridge with water gushing under it. A driver of one of the trucks can be seen in the video running out of the collapsed part to save his life.
District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar said that traffic on the route has been diverted following the incident. Uttarakhand Police urged the public to avoid the route and use other alternative routes.
कृपया देहरादून-ऋषिकेश मार्ग पर रानीपोखरी में जाखन नदी पर बना पुल का एक हिस्सा भारी बारिश और पानी के तेज बहाव के ढह गया है। आमजन मानस से अनुरोध है कृपया उक्त मार्ग का उपयोग न करते हुए अन्य वैकल्पिक मार्गों का उपयोग करें।#UttarakhandPolice #Alert #Dehradun pic.twitter.com/p0nnoe0hVh
— Uttarakhand Police (@uttarakhandcops) August 27, 2021
Due to heavy rain, the Sahastradhara-Maldevata road has also suffered damages and locals have been facing inconvenience. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami today visited the area and ordered the District Magistrate to get the repair work done at the earliest. “While inspecting the Sahastradhara-Maldevata road damaged due to heavy rains, met the local people and directed the District Magistrate to get the damaged part repaired soon. During the visit, area MLA Shri Umesh Sharma Kau was also present,” said Dhami in a tweet.
भारी बारिश के कारण क्षतिग्रस्त सहस्त्रधारा-मालदेवता मार्ग का स्थलीय निरीक्षण करते हुए स्थानीय लोगों से मुलाकात की तथा क्षतिग्रस्त भाग को जल्द ठीक करवाने हेतु जिलाधिकारी को निर्देश दिए।
इस दौरान माननीय विधायक श्री उमेश शर्मा काउ भी साथ रहे। pic.twitter.com/ZbOleAuf16
— Pushkar Singh Dhami (@pushkardhami) August 27, 2021
Dehradun Police today informed that the Rishikesh-Devprayag, Rishikesh-Tehri and Dehradun-Mussoorie roads are also closed due to landslides at many places following heavy rains in the last 3-4 days. “All of you are requested to please do not travel towards the mountains till the weather becomes normal. Travelling at this time is very risky,” warned the state police.