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15,000 tourists stranded due to landslide in Uttarakhand

Around 15,000 tourists were stranded along Rishikesh-Gangotri National Highway, following a landslide in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India, a disaster management official said.

Thousands of tourists and pilgrims in 900 different buses were stranded for over 16 hours before being rescued by Border Road Organisation personnel.

Landslide washed away part of Rishikesh-Gangotri highway along the Maneri Sainji village which is highly landslide-prone area. More than 15 hours continuous rainfall also caused flooding in the Bhagirathi river.

Severe weather has also affected communication network in the area. People even could not contact state disaster management department for help as cell phones are out of coverage, The Times of India has written quoting local villagers.

Met office has forecast more rainfall for next two days.

Landslide in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand had killed 10 pilgrims in March 2013. Landslide en route Vaishno Devi killed one pilgrim two days ago.

Malpa, Uttarakhand landslide in 1998 had claimed lives of 380 people including 60 pilgrims. Malpa landslide was one of worst landslides in India.

Landslide disaster area is located 20 km far from Uttarkashi town.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 13, 2013

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