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50 major landslides hit four road stretches in Uttarakhand: Govt

As the tragedy unfolds,it is feared that thousands of pilgrims were washed away in floods.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi |
June 20, 2013 8:21:25 pm

At least 50 major landslides occurred in just four road stretches in calamity-torn Uttarakhand,where hundreds of pilgrims are feared to have perished in flashfloods,an official said.

As the tragedy unfolds,it is feared that thousands of pilgrims have been washed away in flash floods. In its report to the Union Home Ministry,the State Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre has said that casualties in the affected areas may run into thousands. However,the toll has been put officially at 150.

“Extensive damage has been done to lives and property due to torrential rains,cloudbursts and landslides between June 15 and 17. Vital road and infrastructure has been destroyed…. A number of bridges have been washed away or irreparably damaged,” the official said quoting a preliminary report from Uttarakhand.

At least 50 major landslides occurred at four stretches — Rudraprayag-Gaurikund,Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana,Rishikesh- Dharasu-Gangotri and Pithoragarh-Ghatiabgarh,” the official said,adding these stretches alone saw 40 major formation breaches.

Rishikesh-Joshimath-Mana road,which leads to the famous Badrinath shrine,has been quite seriously affected and “beyond Joshimath,up to Mana,serious damage has occurred. Two offshoots – Simli-Gwaldham and Joshimath-Malari are closed,” the official said,adding that as far as Risikesh-Dharasu- Gangotri road was concerned,”road beyond Dharasu is a major concern.”

More than 3,000 people from Border Roads Organisation’s (BRO) Shivalik and Hirak projects are working on a war footing in calamity-ravaged stretches to restore vital links while about 50 excavators,bulldozers and JCBs have been pressed into service,the official said.

Meanwhile,sources said BRO has been able to open the roads from Rishikesh to Joshimath up to Govindgarh but extensive damage is seen beyond Uttarkashi.

On Tanakpur-Pithoragarh-Jauljibi-Tawaghat-Ghatiabgarh road,major damage has occurred beyond Tawaghat and efforts are on to restore connectivity as two major bridges have been washed away.

Seeing the enormity of damage,it will take time to restore roads,the official said.

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