Massive landslide blocks Badrinath National Highway in northern India, strands hundreds

Massive landslide blocks Badrinath National Highway in northern India, strands hundreds

A significant landslide on the Badrinath National Highway in northern India’s Uttarakhand, caused major disruptions and left hundreds of travelers stranded.

The incident took place at Badrinath Highway in Chungi Dhar in Joshimath on July 9.

Visuals showed during the landslide, a large chunk of the mountain broke off and came crashing down. Nearby, people panicked and began running in all directions. As the mountain crumbled, debris filled the air, and the highway was quickly blocked by the falling rubble.

A massive landslide blocked the Badrinath National Highway, causing significant disruption to vehicular movement and stranding hundreds of travelers.

Panicked onlookers can be heard screaming and seen running for safety in the video, while some captured the dramatic event on their phones. The highway, which was blocked in the morning, saw authorities rushing to clear the debris when the landslide took place.

Due to heavy rainfall over the past few days, landslides have become frequent in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand. Numerous roads have been blocked, and several villages in Champawat and Udham Singh Nagar districts are heavily waterlogged. On Friday, the Badrinath highway was similarly blocked at multiple points, causing significant travel disruptions.

The landslide left the Bhanerpani-Pipalkoti Naga Panchayata road and Angthala road obstructed, stranding many commuters and locals. Tragedy struck on Saturday when two tourists from Hyderabad lost their lives in Chamoli district after being hit by boulders during a landslide. Their bodies were later retrieved from the rubble.

Despite these challenges, the Char Dham Yatra resumed on Monday after a temporary suspension due to the Met office’s prediction of heavy rain. Meanwhile, the Rudraprayag-Kedarnath national highway remains blocked due to another landslide.

Efforts are ongoing to clear the debris and reopen the Badrinath highway, with authorities aiming to restore vehicular movement by late night.

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