Badrinath (Chamoli): Heavy rainfall and landslides have blocked the Badrinath National Highway for the past 18 hours. The debris halted the traffic on the route of five different locations, leaving thousands of pilgrims stranded.

The landslide has hit various places from Joshimath to Badrinath. Heavy rainfall triggered landslides at Elephant Mountain, Taiyya bridge, Patmila, Lambagad  and Chamoli, which has blocked the route to religious shrine of Badrinath.

Personnel of Bridge Roadways Organisation (BRO) have rushed to locations of road blockade and efforts to clear the debris are underway. However, heavy rainfall is posing difficulties to clear the route.

On Friday evening, fresh landslide near Lambgadh blocked the entire traffic movement. It is expected that by Saturday the debris will be removed.

However, to provide relief to the pilgrims, the administration has made temporary residential arrangements at Pandukeshwar and Joshimath.

Meanwhile, the Gangotri National Highway also remained blocked due to accumulation of landslide debris. The route was opened on Friday evening, whereas the vehicular movement on Kedarnath and Yamunotri route remained normal.

Making the situation even worse is the fact that heavy rainfall is predicted for Garhwal Region
According to weather department, rainfall is expected to lash most parts of Garhwal region in the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, heavy rainfalls are also expected in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Dehradun districts.