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Uttarakhand: The Badrinath National Highway (NH-7) in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district has come to a standstill due to heavy rainfall, resulting in boulders and debris falling onto the road near Pipalkoti. This incident, which occurred on the morning of July 13, has caused major disruptions in the area. Landslides triggered by continuous rains have also affected other regions along the same highway, including Pagal Nala, Gulabkoti, and Helang, as reported by ANI.

The ongoing monsoon rain in the northwestern Himalayan region has led to multiple road blockages, leaving many individuals stranded due to landslides. In response, the Chamoli district administration has taken proactive measures to ensure the safety of pilgrims. Pilgrims traveling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib have been relocated to secure locations in Gauchar, Karnprayag, and Nandprayag, as reported by PTI. Additionally, the district administration has closed the Badrinath National Highway at five points between Chamoli and Joshimath due to landslides.

Unfortunately, despite the hazardous conditions, some people have been endangering their lives by attempting to cross these treacherous stretches. Along the Gangotri Highway in Dharali, drivers of large vehicles have been putting themselves at risk while navigating the dangerous road.

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The State Disaster Operation Center, situated in the State Secretariat, is closely monitoring the situation in response to alerts from the Meteorological Department. Their primary objective is to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected individuals. However, in Pauri district, three individuals tragically drowned in the Khoh River on July 11 when a car lost control and plunged into the river in the Kotdwar area. The police have reported that three occupants of the car lost their lives, while two others managed to escape.

Furthermore, the Yamunotri National Highway was blocked at Dharasu and Kalyani due to landslides, and the Gangotri Highway remains closed between Pakodanala and Dharali due to debris. The Border Roads Organization is currently working to clear the debris and reopen the roads. In Sirobgarh, the Rudraprayag Highway is also closed due to landslides.

Given the circumstances, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has advised people to avoid unnecessary travel due to the continuous heavy rainfall. To provide assistance to those stranded, disaster relief helpline numbers have been made available. The chief minister has instructed district administrations and the SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) to remain on high alert and be prepared for any further emergencies.

The recent heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand has caused landslides and road blockages, resulting in significant disruptions to transportation. The safety of individuals, especially pilgrims, is of utmost importance, and measures are being taken to relocate them to secure locations. However, it is crucial for people to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary travel during these challenging conditions.

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