Uttarakhand landslide: No one was stranded, roads to open today, says CM

Landslide on Rishikesh-Badrinath NH

In 2015, about 500 pilgrims had been stranded at Badrinath after a landslide had blocked the road near Joshimath in Chamoli.

The pilgrimage was halted temporarily as several were stuck and forced to take shelter nearby.

The landslides occurred yesterday evening when huge boulders rolled down the Hathi Pahar Mountain.

The landslide blocked the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district after which District Collector Ashish Joshi said BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads. He also said efforts are being made to provide all basic services to 1,000-1,500 pilgrims who are struck at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath.

A majority of them had gone through private operators for the annual pilgrimage to Badrinath, situated at a height of almost 3,100 metres on the bank of Alakananda river.

The landslide happened during the ongoing "Chardham Yatra" when nearly 2.5 lakh pilgrims have visited the sacred temples in the state so far.

Vehicles on both sides have been told not to move ahead.

Though the district administration has arranged for safety of travellers at various places along the way, witnesses said that it is a big landslide and the highway could take a long time to be cleared.

In 2013, heavy rains triggered a deluge in the Kedarnath valley, killing around 10,000 people and leaving thousands homeless.

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