Landslide on Rishikesh-Badrinath route, 1500 pilgrims stranded

by Friday, May 19th, 2017

Gopeshwar, May 19: Around 1500 are feared stranded after a landslide occurred near Vishnuprayag in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district blocking the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway.

landslide uttarakhandDistrict Collector Ashish Joshi said that BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads and it could be opened for the traffic by the afternoon tomorrow.

He also said efforts are on to provide all facilities to 1,000-1,500 pilgrims who are at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath.

Incident happened when part of a huge rock rolled down the hills and blocked a key road in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, officials said.

Officials said an estimated thousands of people are stranded on both sides of the landslide spot. The incident occurred in one stretch of the route connecting Badrinath to Joshimath, around 300 km from state capital Dehradun.

Landslides and flashfloods are common in the Himalayan state where an estimated 5,000 people – most of them pilgrims – were killed in 2013 when heavy rains triggered a deluge in the Kedarnath valley.

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