Pithoragarh, September 14
A red alert has been sounded in the Banbasa barrage area, Tanakpur, of Champawat district as the water level of the Sharda river has touched the danger mark following heavy rain in the area.
"Owing to heavy rain in the area for the past 24 hours, the water level of the river has crossed the mark of 1 lakh cubic meter per second, forcing us to close the bridge on the river and sounding a red alert in the barrage area,” said Jadish Srivastava, a barrage attendant. Transportation to and from Nepal from the bridge had also been suspended.
He said the administration, on the request of the barrage authorities, had appealed to the people living near the barrage to vacate the area as the flow of the river was increasing. However, he said the residents had refused to do so. “Last night, the water level of the river was measured at 1.19 lakh cubic meters per second, which is above the danger mark,” said the attendant.
Meanwhile, the Batnagar area on way to Purnagiri had been temporarily closed, causing difficulties to pilgrims.

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