Heavy rains keep Char Dham Yatra suspended at many places

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The continuous down pour or heavy rains in Uttarakhand has resulted landslides at many places on Rishikesh – Badrinath, Rishikesh – Yamunotri and Riskiesh – Gangotri Highways. At many place, the pilgrims of Char Dham Yatra remained stranded as the debris of landslides could not be cleared so far from the roads. The PWD and BRO are working round the clock but the continuous rains and constant landslides are making their task ever difficult.

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Dehradun, August 8, 2011
The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamnotri was suspended after the roads leading to them were hit by fresh landslides following heavy rain today, leaving hundreds of pilgrims stranded.

Landslides struck the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway at several places, including Govindghat, disrupting traffic. The Rishikesh-Yamnotri National Highway had also been hit by landslides in the Chhatanga area, official sources said here.

The yatra to Gangotri remained suspended for the second consecutive day as the landslides that hit the Rishikesh-Gangotri National Highway at Sainj in Uttarkashi district yesterday have not been cleared so far.

Fresh landslides had also hit the highway at Helkugad and Netala, the sources said.

PWD, BRO and police personnel are working round the clock to clear the debris and reopen the road to traffic.

Administrative teams have been sent to the affected areas to take care of the stranded pilgrims.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rain continued to lash most parts of Uttarakhand with Uttarkashi receiving the heaviest rainfall at 84 mm, followed by Bhatwari (72 mm) on way to Gangotri temple during the 
past 24 hours, Met Director Anand Sharma said. Chamoli recorded a rainfall of 58 mm, Purola 40 mm and Kausani 30 mm, he said. — PTI

External Source:Badrinath, Gangotri yatra suspended

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4 Comments

  1. Whats the status of char-dham yatra as on date. Is it still suspended? if so when one can expect to visit?
    Thanks for answer.

  2. Weather in mountains changes very fast. I have just come back from Uttarakhand and it was very hot. Everywhere landslides happened a few hours before we were there, so the roads were all cleared for us. 🙂

    • Hi Nisha,

      It indeed, weather does change up very fast in Himalayas. You leave for a trek considering the sunshine will give you some breathtaking views and you end up getting caught in some snowfall 🙂 … You must feel lucky for sure that landslides were cleared for you guys. Presently, rains have created havoc in Uttarakhand and has left stranded so many people all over the Char Dham routes. But, its nothing new in monsoons.

      BTW, it was sad that you got sick on your trip to Uttarakhand and I can imagine what it feels leaving a trip in between 🙁 … But, I guess in the end you guys made a correct decision to return as things can get messy with lack of medical facilities in Himalayas. So, it always better to be safe after all the places will remain there eternally (almost) 🙂

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

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