Landslide Alert: Authorities Have Closed Manali-Leh Highway And Routes To Atal Tunnel!

by Shreya Rathod
Landslide Alert: Authorities Have Closed Manali-Leh Highway And Routes To Atal Tunnel!

This monsoon season is proving to be a difficult one for several Indian states. After Punjab’s waterlogging and flood-like situation, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have issued a travel advisory. In fact, several routes like Manali-Leh Highway, roads towards Rohtang, etc have been closed! Additionally, there is a possibility of a landslide. Here is everything that you need to know about the condition in the Northern states.

Manali-Leh Highway Is Closed!

himachal pradesh manali-leh highway
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Due to the persistent rain that has been pelting Himachal Pradesh and most of North India, visitors have been urged to take caution. Some sections of the road that connects Kullu and Manali are reported to have collapsed and fallen into the River Beas. Landslides are also very likely to occur between Mandi and Kullu. For the time being, all movement towards the Rohtang and Atal tunnels has also been halted.

The Manali-Leh highway is reportedly currently closed, and the situation has reportedly gotten worse on the Spiti Valley section as well. Due to the significant possibility of a landslide, the Shimla-Kalka train has also been suspended for the time being.

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Tourists Are Advised To Stay At Their Lodgings

Spiti Valley
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It is advised that tourists avoid visiting the area. People in the state, particularly those in the Manali region, are also urged to remain put for the time being and to confine themselves to their lodging facilities. Travellers are urged to avoid the water streams and avoid going on any hikes because of the current roaring rivers and mountain streams. According to a Times Of India report, the Aut bridge washed away, cutting off any access to Manali at the moment.

Because of the numerous landslides occurring throughout the state, the Indian Meteorological Department has also issued a travel advisory for Uttarakhand. The prolonged, heavy rain is anticipated to continue through July 13. Moreover, it will worsen the already dangerous circumstances and clogged highways. It is important to exercise caution since reports of landslides on the Badrinath and Gangotri routes.

If you are currently anywhere near areas affected by rainfall, please contact the authorities as soon as possible. There is a high chance of getting caught in unfortunate circumstances.

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