Update:Massive landslide blocks national highway in northern India, traffic brought to standstill

Update:Massive landslide blocks national highway in northern India, traffic brought to standstill

A massive landslide in northern India’s Himachal Pradesh, has caused significant traffic disruptions, leaving commuters stranded and the highway completely blocked.

The incident took place on the Paonta Sahib National Highway -707 Shilai in Sirmaur district on June 24.

Visuals showed a mountainside highway was experiencing a landslide, with debris and rocks tumbling down the slope. People were present at the scene, witnessing the dramatic event unfold. The sight of massive boulders and earth crashing onto the road created a chaotic and perilous atmosphere, as those nearby watched in alarm and concern.

The landslide, triggered by the cracking of the mountain, resulted in huge rocks tumbling down the mountainside, blocking the road entirely and bringing traffic to a standstill.

The highway closure has caused long queues of vehicles on both sides, leading to significant delays and disruptions for commuters and travelers. Local authorities are actively working to clear the substantial debris from the highway, but the process is expected to take several hours. In the meantime, the Sirmaur district administration has urged travelers to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Meanwhile, there seems to be no possibility of the highway reopening on Tuesday either. Since large boulders have fallen onto the highway, it is taking time to remove them. However, JCB machines are engaged in the debris removal work at the site. The roadblock has disrupted the connection between Shillai, Nahan, and Paonta Sahib. Long queues of vehicles are lined up on both sides. People present at the scene have accused the highway construction company of reckless cutting and excavation. They mentioned that the highway closure is causing a lot of trouble.


On the other hand, DSP Aditi Singh of Paonta has stated that the highway is currently closed. Machines are working to clear the debris. Police personnel have also been deployed at the site to ensure the safety of passengers in case of any emergency.

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