Over 1000 pilgrims evacuated in Uttarakhand

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 29, 2015, 7:28 am IST
Updated Mar 28, 2019, 5:41 pm IST
Heavy rains had caused landslides and blocked the way
Rescue and evacuation operation for pilgrims carried out by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and SDRF in Bhyundar valley near Hemkund Sahib on Sunday (Photo: AP)
 Rescue and evacuation operation for pilgrims carried out by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and SDRF in Bhyundar valley near Hemkund Sahib on Sunday (Photo: AP)
Gopeshwar (Uttarakhand): Over 1,000 pilgrims stranded on way to the Himalayan shrines in Uttarakhand have been evacuated as the pilgrimage to Badrinath and the Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib in Chamoli district remained disrupted for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday.
 
Pilgrimage to Hemkund Sahib has been suspended after a bridge near Bhyundar village along the trek route was washed away in rains and a substitute for it is under construction. Stranded pilgrims were being ferried in vehicles from Badrinath to Benakuli and Lambagad to Joshimath, Chamoli’s disaster management officer Nand Kishor Joshi said.
 
About one thousand pilgrims have so far been evacuated to Joshimath, he said. About 350 pilgrims have been brought from Hemkund Sahib in choppers to Joshimath.
 
Most of the Sikh pilgrims who were earlier stranded in Ghanghariya have now safely reached their destinations, Hemkund Gurudwara Prabandhak committee chief Seva Singh said.  Heavy rains had caused landslides and blocked the way.
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