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Many roads blocked in Uttarakhand following heavy rains – Times of India

DEHRADUN: The Char Dham Yatra has been affected once again as incessant rains continued to lash hills of Uttarakhand on Wednesday. In fact, the Badrinath Highway was intermittently getting blocked by recurring landslides at different places.

As per State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), there are still over 150 blocked roads across the state with Tehri distrit remains worst affected with 16 obstructed roads. While there are 11 roads each blocked in Rudraprayag and Pauri district.

Moreover, the all-important Badrinath highway (NH-58) was blocked at Lambagad and Sirobagad in Chamoli district. Border Roads Organization (BRO) personnel’s were pressed into service on Wednesday afternoon to remove the debris. The Kedarnath highway (NH-109) also remained obstructed at Fata in Rudraprayag district.

However, the route was expected to be reopened by evening.

Due to continuous falling of rock material from upper hills, the Rishikesh-Gangotri highway (NH-108) was blocked at Helgugaad, Chungi Badethi and Nalupani. However, the blockade at Helgugaad was removed by Public Works Department (PWD).

According to Santosh Badoni, deputy secretary, disaster management department, “The Badrinath Highway was reopened in the afternoon. However, there is continuous falling of debris at Lambagad. Although the Gangotri highway remained blocked beyond Bhatwari. Efforts are being made to reopen all the roads.”

Many places in the state received heavy to moderate rainfall since Tuesday. Haldwani recorded 140mm rainfall while Chamoli and Gairsain witnessed 60mm rain each. In Kumaon region, Almora and Ranikhet received 50mm rainfall each as well.

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