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Over 25,000 pilgrims stranded after landslide blocks roads in Uttarakhand

A major boulder has damaged about 65 meters of the road; around 500 vehicles remain struck

IANS  |  Dehardun 

More than 25,000 pilgrims en route to the Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand are reportedly stranded after a landslide blocked a highway, officials said on Friday. A major portion of a hill collapsed on the highway near Hathipahad, blocking the road and leading to hundreds of vehicles being stuck on both sides. Officials said the road will be cleared by Saturday afternoon. Hathipahad has become a major trouble spot for pilgrims going to the Badrinath shrine as rains in the hilly region trigger landslides every year. An official told IANS that as a matter of abundant ...

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 21:39 IST
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