Due to heavy and continuous rainfall in Uttarakhand, the char dham yatra was stopped as a safety measure. State police informed that the yatra will resume from wednesday. Yatra was suspended from October 17 to 19, for 3 days due to heavy rainfall in the area.
After a meeting with Pushkar Singh Dhami, chief minister, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar told news agency ANI, “Garwhal is almost under control, and the pilgrimage has resumed there. Except its last stretch, Badrinath has been opened, and the Char Dham Yatra will be completely revived tomorrow.”
He further added that due to high water level routes aren’t opened, and will take time. “The worst-affected regions are in the Kumaon areas of the state, which include Nainital, Haldwani, Udham Singh Nagar, and Champawat,” he said.
The senior officer said, “Agencies such as the Uttarakhand Police and Disaster Response Force–State and National–are on the job, and thousands have been evacuated.”
Due to heavy rainfall, 34 people died while five are missing, said CM Pushkar Dhami. The yatra resumed after all the rain related incidents. At least 18 fatalities were reported from the Nainital district alone.