Uttarakhand Rains: Landslides Block Around 100 Roads And National Highways

Intermittent rains in Uttarakhand caused landslides that blocked roads and national highways leading to Himalayan Temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Jessica David

August 17, 2020

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Heavy rain lashed parts of Uttarakhand on Wednesday and Thursday (August 12-13), which resulted in waterlogging and landslides at several places. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the state is very likely to receive heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in the coming two or three days, Besides the IMD, various other agencies have also sounded an alert for flash floods, torrential rainfall in the state for the coming days. Meanwhile, heavy and incessant rainfall in the state, coupled with landslides, led to the temporary closure of the Gangotri National Highway.

The key highway was later closed for nearly 30 hours. Areas near the China border were also disconnected following heavy rains. The national highway leading to Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines were blocked at several points due to falling of boulders after rain lashed Rishikesh in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun district early on Wednesday. The traffic was temporarily stopped to clear the highway, said Kishor Saklani, Station House Officer (SHO), Muni Ki Reti Police Station.

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