Due to heavy snowfall and bad weather conditions, Kinnaur has banned mountaineering and hiking. This decision was taken after three trekkers out of a group of 13 died while trekking due to heavy snowfall in Kinnaur. And now the Manali-Leh Highway has been closed for civilian vehicles since November 2 due to heavy snowfall. The highway will reopen somewhere between April to May in 2022. The Darcha-Padum road and Gramphu-Kaza highway are also shut down.
Nainital Lake Overflows Washing Away Roads, Bridges, Markets And More; At Least 24 Reported Dead
Around 5 days ago, at least 50 people have been reported dead in Uttarakhand after incessant rains, floods, landslides and a cloudburst. The Naini lake has overflown, engulfing roads, shops, markets and more. The Nainital Mall Road and Naini Devi temple have been flooded. Landslides have dilapidated roads, bridges, houses and more. While many have already lost their lives, authorities are fearing that more people are trapped under the debris.
Nainital Cut Off From The Rest Of Uttarakhand By Landslides
A series of landslides have blocked the arterial roads, cutting off Nainital from the rest of Uttarakhand. A cloudburst occurred in Nainital’s Ramgarh. Kosi river on the Ramnagar-Ranikhet route swelled up and entered the resorts and houses on the way, trapping tourists and locals. According to an India Today report, DGP Ashok Kumar has said, “About 200 people who were stuck at Lemon Tree resort, located at Ramnagar-Ranikhet route, have been evacuated. At least 24 have died due to incessant rains, maximum casualties from Nainital district.” The army is now carrying out operations in Nainital to rescue the stranded people.
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Floods Wipe Away Railway Track; Bridge Collapses Into River
A video of a bridge collapsing into the Gaula River did rounds on the internet, while another video showed how a railway track over the river got washed off from the middle. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that three helicopters will be deployed for rescue operations. Two of them will be sent to Nainital. The third one will be sent to Garhwal.
For quite some time, Uttarakhand has been witnessing back to back natural calamities. In August, the Rani Pokhri bridge on the Dehradun Rishikesh highway had collapsed due to heavy rains. So, before planning any travel to the hilly state, update yourselves with the current weather conditions. Meanwhile, we pray for the speedy recovery of Uttarkhand.