Tahlka News Bureau
Uttrakhand: Atleast 15,000 people are feared for their lives after a landslide near Vishnuprayag on the Badrinath route, according to reports . District Collector Ashish Joshi said that BRP (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in cleaning the roads.
During this time of pilgrimage efforts are on to provide all facilities to 1,000=1,500 pilgrims who are at Jshimath, Karnapragya, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath, he said.
A spokesperson from the Uttarakhand government said that state authorities have rushed food and water to the standard pilgrims and hope to clear debris and restore movement of vehicles this weekend.
Uttarakhand is prone to frequent landslides and flood in the past few years. Last year in July, at least 30 people died and houses were washed away after heavy rains triggered cloudburst in several districts of Uttarakhand. Following the flash food, water level rose in the Nandaprayag area.
While back in 2015, around 500 pilgrims were standard in Badrinath after a fresh landslide had blocked the road near Joshimath in Chamoli district in Gopeshwar. A landside occurred at the
Underground Vishnuprayag Hydroelectric Power House in Hthi Prabhat before the Badrinath yatra commenced on April 26 but before its debris could be cleared, a fresh landslide had occurred.
The worst flash floods and landslides ever recorded was in 2013, which devastated the Himanlyan state and left thousands dead in its wake. This was the worst natural disaster since Tsunami in 2004 in the country.