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Landslide halts movement at Balwakot-Dharchula, restoration work underway

Uttrakhand: As the monsoon wreaks havoc in the northwestern Himalayan region, Balwakot-Dharchula road was choked in in Dharchula near the border area Sunday due to landslide, halting the traffic movement in the area, according to senior official. Informing about the problems caused by the landslide, he said that the power poles in the area were […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jul 16, 2023 12:36 IST
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Balwakot-Dharchula
Balwakot-Dharchula

Uttrakhand: As the monsoon wreaks havoc in the northwestern Himalayan region, Balwakot-Dharchula road was choked in in Dharchula near the border area Sunday due to landslide, halting the traffic movement in the area, according to senior official.

Informing about the problems caused by the landslide, he said that the power poles in the area were damaged due to which the mobile connectivity and the electricity network is affected in the region.

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However, Dharchula’s Joint Magistrate, Divesh Shashani, has ordered the concerned authorities to carry out the road restoration work on an immediate basis.

Due to the heavy rainfall in the region, the administration has urged people to reach out to the disaster control department before embarking on their travels. Landslides have led to blocked roads, leaving numerous individuals stranded in the affected areas.

In Uttarakhand’s Garhwal District, the Yamunotri Highway number 123 was blocked near Chami village due to falling debris, leaving several vehicles stranded. Similarly, debris falling off at multiple locations has caused blockades on the Badrinath National Highway near Pagal Nala and Pipaloti.

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continues its rescue operations in flood-affected areas of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Delhi. Unprecedented floods caused by heavy rainfall and water release from barrages have prompted these efforts to mitigate the situation.

Stay updated with official announcements and exercise caution while traveling through the affected regions during this challenging monsoon period.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region for the next four days, followed by a gradual reduction in intensity. Uttarakhand, in particular, has been issued an orange alert, indicating a high possibility of significant rainfall until July 18. It is advised to stay updated with the latest weather alerts and take necessary precautions during this period of anticipated heavy rainfall.

First published on: Jul 16, 2023 12:11 PM IST

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