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Landslide on Rishikesh-Badrinath route in Uttarakhand, 1500 tourists stranded

20 May 2017, 08:53 | Terri Saunders

Landslide on Rishikesh-Badrinath route in Uttarakhand, 1500 tourists stranded

Landslide on Rishikesh-Badrinath route in Uttarakhand, 1500 tourists stranded

Incidentally, the debris brought down by the landslide affected nearly 150 meters of area and also damaged 60 meters of Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway.

Gopeshwar: Hundreds of pilgrims are feared stranded after a landslide occurred near Vishnuprayag in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district blocking the Rishikesh- Badrinath National Highway.

District Magistrate Ashish Joshi told PTI that BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads and it could be opened for the traffic by the afternoon tomorrow.

On Friday afternoon, landslides occurred after huge boulders rolled down the Hathi Pahar mountain. Madan Kaushik, an Uttarakhand government spokesperson, said 20 metres of road had been damaged.

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At present, authorities have asked pilgrims to stay put at the Badrinath shrine.

A large number of pilgrims throng Uttarakhand in summer for the Chardham Yatra - a holy tour of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. Meanwhile, tourists going towards the shrine have been stopped at Joshimath, Pipalkoti and Chamoli.

Officials said an estimated 11,000 people are stranded on both sides of the landslide spot.

Prone to frequent landslides and floods, Uttarakhand had faced one of the worst natural disaster in 2013 when thousands had perished following a cloudburst.



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