Uttarakhand: Massive Landslide Blocks Badrinath National Highway

The Badrinath National Highway near Patalganga was severely disrupted by a large landslide that occurred in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Wednesday morning at around eleven a.m., an incident occurred that blocked NH 7 between Joshiyama and Badrinath.

Massive landslide on Badrinath National Highway, a kilometre before Joshimath, caught on camera.#Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/3AzisJYjLY — Vani Mehrotra (@vani_mehrotra) July 9, 2024

A significant portion of a hill collapses onto the highway in a video that has gone viral on social media, causing significant damage and stopping traffic for several hours. The horrifying scene, in which people are screaming and fleeing for their lives, is captured on camera from Chungi Dhar in Joshimath. Some people have even captured the incident on camera phones.


More visuals of Badrinath Highway. pic.twitter.com/VwnNihkRZz — Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) July 10, 2024

The landslide is one of many interruptions brought on by Northern India's intense monsoon rains. Numerous villages in the districts of Champawat and Udham Singh Nagar have been submerged under water, and numerous roads in Uttarakhand have been closed.

Scary visuals of Landslide near Badrinath National Highway from Joshimath, Uttarakhand. pic.twitter.com/ZMa5mm7zRV — Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) July 10, 2024

The Alaknanda and other rivers in Uttarakhand are running close to dangerous levels. Particular concern exists at the point where the Alaknanda meets the Dhauli Ganga at Vishnu Prayag, near Joshimath.

This isn't the first time the Badrinath Highway has been blocked recently. On Friday, debris blocked parts of the highway in Chamoli, affecting the busy Bhanerpani-Pipalkoti Naga Panchayata road and Angthala road, leaving many stranded, ANI reported.

The authorities is working to remove the debris and resume traffic. The persistent rain is making these attempts difficult, though. Using social media, the Uttarakhand police have been actively informing the public about the state of the road.

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