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Landslide at Gaurikund; boulders fall off hills in Chamoli on way to Badrinath

Dehradun: The Kedarnath yatra was halted for several hours following a landslide on the trek route near Gaurikund in Rudraprayag on Tuesday morning, leaving thousands of pilgrims stranded. The landslide occurred in the wee hours of Tuesday and the yatra was resumed around noon after the boulders were removed from the route, acccording to the District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC) of Rudraprayag.
"After the landslide, we immediately pressed workers into service to clear the route. The administration has put warning signs and deployed assitional force to  help pilgrims as there were reports of pieces of rock rolling down," said Mayur Dixit, DM Rudraprayag. As many as 8,450 pilgrims were cleared on Tuesday early morning to proceed from Sonprayag to Gaurikund for the trek to Kedarnath shrine, according to DEOC. In a similar incident on Monday night, more than 1,000 pilgrims on their way to Badrinath were stopped in Chamoli after the water level in a local stream rose and boulders started falling from a hill near Panchpulia in the Lambagad area. As a result, pilgrims were stopped at Pilpalkoti, Chamoli, Nandprayag, Karnaprayag, Gauchar, and Govindghat, according to Shweta Choubey, SP Chamoli.
Choubey added that in the night hours, police made arrangements for the accommodation of pilgrims, who were either returning from Badrinath or going towards it. "We made arrangements at Lambagad police chowki, which has three floors, and pilgrims were made to stay overnight. Additional devotees stayed at Govindghat gurudwara," said Shweta Choubey, adding that traffic movement was restored by Tuesday morning.

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