A landslide in Uttrakhand has left thousands of Char Dham pilgrims stranded on the Badrinath temple route. On Friday, a part of huge rock rolled down the hill, which lead to the blocking of Chamoli District road in Uttrakhand.
All the pilgrims enroute to Badrinath have been stopped permanently. The officials have asked women and children to take shelter at the major nearby halts.
The debris was expected to clear soon, till then the route will remain blocked amid the tough weather conditions.
Piyoosh Rautela, executive director of the Uttarakhand Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre said the Border Road Organisation (BRO) is expected to clear the debris by Saturday.
“All arrangements related to food and accommodation for the pilgrims are being made by the respective district administrations,” Piyoosh Rautela, executive director of the Uttarakhand Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre told to media.
The Badrinath Yatra was started later in the month and will continue till the June end. As per the official report, close to 11,000 people are stranded on both sides of the landslide effected area. The incident has completely blocked one stretch on the route connecting Badrinath to Joshimath.
This is not the first time that Uttrakkhand has witnessed such a natural calamity. Landslides and flashfloods are quite normal in that area. The deluge in the year 2013 triggered by heavy rains has reported to kill around 5,000 people, however the unofficial number is pegged to be around 10,000.
Though, this time no casualties have been reported from the site and the situation will come under control soon.
The ‘Char Dham Yatra’ is an annual pilgrimage of Hindus that covers sites at Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. Every year, lakhs of people from both India and Nepal come to the Himalayas for this holy pilgrimage.