Thousands stranded near Badrinath after landslide

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Authorities rushed food and drinking water to the stranded pilgrims and hoped to clear the debris soon from blocked roads leading to the Badrinath temple so the pilgrims could continue their journey, Chandola said.

Around 15,000 tourists were stranded after a landslide near Vishnuprayag on Badrinath route on Friday, said reports.

Even this year, before the Badrinath yatra commenced on April 26, a landslide occurred at the underground Vishnuprayag Hydroelectric Power House in Hathi Parbat.

District Magistrate Ashish Joshi told PTI that BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads and it could be opened for the traffic by the afternoon tomorrow. About 500 vehicles were stuck as the incident damaged some of the highway area.

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Due to the closure, pilgrims on way to Badrinath have temporarily stopped at Joshimath, Pipalkoti and Karnaprayag, and are waiting for the way to get cleared.

Officials said an estimated 11,000 people are stranded on both sides of the landslide spot. Those stranded between Hathi Parvat and Badrinath have been taken to the Govindghat gurdwara. It would take at least two days for the debris to be cleared.

The worst, however, was in 2013 when flash floods and landslides had devastated the Himalayan state that left thousands dead in its wake.

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