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Rain triggers landslides on road to Badrinath highway, Infra News, ET Infra


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DEHRADUN: National highway-54, leading to the revered Badrinath shrine, remained blocked for over 12 hours on Sunday due to landslides triggered by heavy rainfall at three locations in Chamoli district, leaving hundreds of pilgrims stranded along the route.

Recurring landslides and falling rocks were reported in Chinka, Kameda and Pagal Nala areas, as most parts of Chamoli district experienced light to moderate showers during Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Chamoli police issued an advisory on Sunday, asking pilgrims “to plan their travel after considering the weather forecast.”

After extensive efforts, the highway at Kameda was reopened for small vehicles around 2 pm on Sunday.

The Pagalnala stretch was reopened around 5 pm. However, the highway faced another obstruction at Langasu during the evening hours, as reported by Chamoli police.

Nand Kishore Joshi, district disaster management officer, Chamoli, said, “Traffic has been restored, and vehicles are allowed to move through Kameda and Pagal Nala under controlled conditions.”

According to the regional meteorological centre, Chamoli city received 40mm of rainfall, followed by 50mm in Karnaprayag, 50mm in Gauchar and 70mm in Pokhari.

  • Published On Sep 11, 2023 at 08:15 AM IST

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