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Heavy rainfall disrupts normal life in Uttarakhand

Pipalkothi (Uttarakhand), Wed, 19 Aug 2009 ANI

Pipalkothi (Uttarakhand), Aug 18 (ANI): Heavy rainfall has disrupted normal life and triggered landslide along National Highway-58 in Uttarakhand.


Due to the impact of the landslide, huge boulders started rolling down the hill slopes blocking Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway also known as NH-58.


This caused disruption in traffic and caused a lot of problems for the tourists and the devotees.


Avtaar Singh, a devotee from Amritsar who was visiting Gurudwara Hemkunt Sahib in the Himalayas, said that he faced a lot of problems because of the bad roads.


"On the way, we faced a lot of problems. The roads are broken. Rocks are lying on the road. We had to get down on the way and cross the roads," said Singh.


Uttarakhand Disaster Management Minister Khajaan Das said: "The district officials have been directed to act if there is a natural calamity. There should not be any kind of laxity."


The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) who has been entrusted with responsibility of maintaining the NH-58 continues the rescue work with heavy machines and bulldozers clearing off the debris from the road. (ANI)


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