Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

Thousands stranded near Badrinath after landslide

Dehardun: More than 25,000 pilgrims en route to the Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand are reportedly stranded after a landslide blocked a highway, officials said on Friday.

Officials said the road will be cleared by Saturday afternoon

A major portion of a hill collapsed on the highway near Hathipahad, blocking the road and leading to hundreds of vehicles being stuck on both sides.

Officials said the road will be cleared by Saturday afternoon.

Hathipahad has become a major trouble spot for pilgrims going to the Badrinath shrine as rains in the hilly region trigger landslides every year.

A major boulder has damaged about 65 meters of the road and the number of vehicles struck is said to be around 500.

Pilgrims who have reached the Badrinath shrine have been stopped there and asked not to take the return journey for the next 24 hours.

Those stranded between Hathipahad and the Badrinath shrine have been given refuge in the Govindghat Gurudwara. Officials have made arrangements for food and lodging.

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