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Uttarakhand landslide: 1200 people still stranded, 800 resume journey


Piyoosh Rautela, executive director of the Uttarakhand Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre said the Border Road Organisation (BRO) is expected to clear the debris by Saturday. "After the roads were opened, buses have begun plying passengers to safer destinations", Joshi said. The pilgrimage was temporarily stopped and people were asked to take shelter at major pit stops, the officials said.

".There were no unfortunate incidents, 1800 tourists (against reported 15K) were affected & arrangements were made for them (sic)", chief minister Trivendra S Rawat posted on Twitter.

The alert policeman helped the pilgrims keep away from the landslide which left thousands of pilgrims stranded who were travelling towards the Badrinath shrine. Government authorities are now busy in providing food and lodging to stranded pilgrims. The situation is completely under the control of the government. So far, around 250 pilgrims have been pulled out from the immediate route of the landslide.

The landslide had blocked part of the road leading up from Joshimath to Badrinath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

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The Secretary of the Natural Calamities Department said that all the people were safe and that there was nothing to worry about.

In 2013, an estimated 5,000 people, most of whom were pilgrims, were killed due to landslides and flash floods which followed heavy rains in Kedarnath valley.

The Collector said the administration was taking efforts to provide all facilities to 1,000-1,500 pilgrims at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath.

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