The Hush Post: About 180 tourists were evacuated from Mussoorie’s tourist destination Kempty Falls on Sunday evening. This after heavy rains led to a flood-like situation at the base of the famous waterfalls.
The water from the 40-foot falls accumulated and spilled on to the main road after debris and gravels from landslides accumulated. The flooding of the road forced tourists to climb the hills for safety. Water levels went up and didn’t even spare shops in the area.
“Water came gushing through the fall and within seconds, the road was inundated. People started panicking but we collected ourselves, informed the police and started rescue operation,” said Rakesh Kumar, a local shopkeeper as per a report.
“With the help of shopkeepers and local residents, police led the rescue operation and safely rescued all the tourists,” said Prakash Pokhriyal, station officer, Kempty.
A team of eight policemen wearing life jackets used ropes to rescue the stranded visitors. A video shared on social media showed how the personnel, along with locals, helped tourists, mainly women and children to cross the main road that was inundated.
Ever since the situation at the falls has returned to normal now but the weather condition in the state is not expected to get better anytime soon as the met office has predicted that Uttarakhand will continue to receive “heavy rain” over the next four-five days. The waterfall was earlier closed in July due to heavy rains.
“As it was a Sunday, there were tourists from all over the country, mainly parts of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab,” Pokhriyal said.
It is one incident where police have independently rescued such a large number of people without any help from State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).