Yet again heavy rainfall disrupted the Char Dham Yatra today. The Hemkund Yatra was suspended due to landslides at various places on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. The yatra to Kedarnath, which was earlier stated to resume today could not begin due to deluge and landslides that occured at Jankichatti. The treck from Gaurikund to Kedarnath was obstructed by heavy rainfall. The Badrinath and Hemkund yatras were halted as landslides occured in Lambagad, Benaukli and Patalganga areas on the Karanprayag-Badrinath stretch of the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. However, the devotees carried on their pilgrimage to Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines.
According to the Chamoli District Disaster Management office, the yatras to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib have been suspended. The Chamoli district experienced around 70 mm rainfall over the past 24 hours which triggered landslides at various places. The official sources said – The resumption of these yatras would depend on weather conditions. The rivers in Chamoli district were in spate as the water level in the Alaknanda and Mandakni has risen.
News Src : The Tribune, Dehradun