Uttarakhand: The Gauchar-Badrinath roadway in Uttarakhand was swept away after heavy rains on Monday, disrupting the pilgrimage to Badrinath. One of the main Hindu pilgrimage sites is the Badrinath shrine in the Chamoli district. It is a component of the Char Dham Yatra, a pilgrimage to the holy sites of Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Kedarnath. Images of the location show landslip debris caused by rain on the road. An official estimated that it would take two to three days to repair the stretch.
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Major Damage Reported on Badrinath-Shri Hemkund National Highway
Chamoli District Magistrate Himanshu Khurana told ANI, “A large portion of the Badrinath-Shri Hemkund National Highway is damaged in Kameda, Gauchar in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It will take 2-3 days for the restoration of the road.” In Bhattnagar, close to Gauchar, a section of a road also caved in, burying five parked vehicles, according to the state emergency operation centre, as reported by PTI. The message further said that no one was wounded in the incident and that the debris is being cleaned. Landslides have already caused numerous blocks in the Yamunotri national highway between Barkot and Gangnani, according to PTI, which added that efforts were being undertaken to reopen the road to traffic.
Avalanche Hits Bungalows in Gangnani, Uttarakashi’s Barkot Tehsil
According to PTI, avalanche material destroyed a few bungalows at a resort earlier on Saturday in Gangnani, Uttarkashi’s Barkot tehsil. The debris reportedly entered the grounds of the Kasturba Gandhi Girls Residential School in Gangnani. However, officials told PTI that all of the students are secure. According to PTI, there were also cloudbursts and landslides in Chhara Khad, Purola, and several parked cars were buried under the rubble. According to PTI, a landslip also happened close to the village of Dhauntri, and the rains caused a disruption in the area’s electricity supply.
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