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`Chardham` yatra remains suspended due to rains

`Chardham` yatra in Garhwal Himalayas remained suspended for the second consecutive day today due to landslides triggered by incessant rains.

Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 18:33 PM IST

Dehradun: `Chardham` yatra in Garhwal
Himalayas remained suspended for the second consecutive day
today due to landslides triggered by incessant rains.

Landslides struck a number of places leading to the four
shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri,
forcing the administration to halt the pilgrimage, Disaster
Management and Mitigation Centre (DMMC) said.

The Police, PAC, BRO and ITBP personnel have been pressed
into service to clear the debris and reopen roads for
vehicular traffic, it said.

Met office here said Joshimath received the maximum
rainfall at 51 mm followed by Nainital with 41 mm, Dehradun 40
mm, Deoprayag 38 mm and Haldwani 37 mm since yesterday.

Continuous rains also pushed the water levels in Ganga
and Yamuna above the danger mark in Rishikesh and Haridwar
prompting the authorities to issue an alert in the area.

Uttarakhand has so far received 25 per cent more rains
this monsoon than the average and more than 100 persons have
died in rains-related incidents this year.

Over 150 houses collapsed in different areas due to heavy
rains which also damaged 945 roads and bridges and standing
crops worth Rs 175 cr.

PTI