Landslide in Uttarakhand leaves several tourists stranded

A landslide blocked part of the road leading up from Joshimath to Badrinath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on Friday, ANI reported.

The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway was today closed near Vishnuprayag in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district due to a landslide, following which hundreds of pilgrims were feared stranded at different places here.

Even this year, before the Badrinath yatra commenced on April 26, a landslide occurred at the underground Vishnuprayag Hydroelectric Power House in Hathi Parbat.

Meanwhile, the pilgrims are being facilitated at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath. With this, Badrinath highway has been shut down, with over 15000 tourists and 500 vehicles stranded on the either side of the highway. Madan Kaushik, an Uttarakhand government spokesperson, said 20 metres of road had been damaged.

District Magistrate Ashish Josh and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) have reached the spot and are monitoring the situation.

As per BRO officials, it was a massive landslide, which would take at least two days to clear the debris from the highway.

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