DEHRADUN: Thousands of Char Dham pilgrims were left stranded as rain-induced landslides blocked more than 200 roads, including the Badrinath highway, across Uttarakhand. Efforts are on to restore the roads.
Shweta Chaubey, superintendent of police, Chamoli district said, “Teams of state police, public work department, State Disaster Response Force have been deployed to clear the roads. The work is ongoing as we speak. We have advised the Char Dham pilgrims to wait where they are. They are safe and provided for.”
A total of 298 earthmoving/JCB machines have been deployed to clear the blocked roads.
Of the total 13 districts of Uttarakhand, Chamoli has been the worst hit with 49 blocked roads, followed by Dehradun (30), Pauri Garhwal (22), Pithoragarh (20), Rudraprayag (18) and Bageshwar (13).
Meanwhile, the state meteorological department has issued a yellow alert for the next 72 hours in several districts including Nainital, Pauri, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, Champawat, Tehri, Dehradun and Bageshwar with a warning of ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’.