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Landslide on Rishikesh-Badrinath NH, 1000-1500 feared stranded

PTI Gopeshwar (Uttarakhand) 19 May 2017, 22:22:39 IST

Hundreds of pilgrims are feared stranded after a landslide occurred near Vishnuprayag in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district blocking the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway. 

District Collector Ashish Joshi said that BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads and it could be opened for the traffic by the afternoon tomorrow. 

"Border Roads Organization and police personnel are at the spot and trying to manage the situation. We are trying to ensure that debris is cleared and traffic movement is restored soon," Tripti Bhatt, Superintendent of Police (SP) Chamoli, told reporters. 

He also said efforts are on to provide all facilities to 1,000-1,500 pilgrims who are at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath. 

In 2015, about 300 pilgrims from Odisha were stranded in the area following series of landslides and heavy rainfall.