Heavy landslides in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir have left pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra stranded. The Yatra was temporarily suspended on Saturday morning owing to heavy rains and landslides in the region.
“There has been a heavy landslide here today on account of the downpour since the past two days. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and Public Works Department (PWD) are working to remove the mess. We hope to clear the road by the evening,” said Romesh Kumar Samotra, Assistant Regional Transport Officer of Udhampur.
Yatra pilgrims were stranded for hours after roads were blocked, waiting for the authorities to clear them up.
“They are telling us of a landslide up ahead. They have also told us that heavy rainfall is expected and that the roads will clear up by tomorrow,” said a Ishika, a pilgrim.
The landslide partially blocked a key highway which resulted in very long traffic jams.
Amarnath Yatra is an annual yatra that hundreds of pilgrims undertake to worship Lord Shiva.
In Himachal Pradesh four people have reportedly died in flash floods after a cloudburst in Mandi district.
Several areas in the district have been inundated washing away houses, cattle and vehicles.
Three members of a family died after their house collapsed because of a landslide, said the police.
Manali-Kiratpur national highway was blocked at some places because of heavy rains.
Son Khud, a tributary of the Beas river has inundated and river water entered shops and house in Dharampur in Mandi. Water even etered entered the Dharampur bus stand when several passengers were waiting there. 3 buses were damaged and three other cars were washed away. Locals engaged in rescue work but strong water currents hampered their efforts.
(With inputs from PTI)