Char Dham yatra suspended due to rain, pilgrims shifted to safer destinations

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Following heavy rains in many parts of Uttarakhand, the Char Dham Yatra has been suspended. During the pilgrimage, devotees get an opportunity to visit Hindu shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Efforts have been made to rescue the pilgrims; as many as 1,000 have been stuck en-route to Kedarnath.

Four hundred pilgrims stranded at different points on the yatra routes have been rescued by State Disaster Response Force personnel and shifted to various destinations.

A flood alert was also sounded in areas along Bhagirathi river. In Sonprayag, a bridge linking the area to Gaurikund was washed away, halting road traffic.

Heavy rains have sent the Mandakini river into spate because of which the motor bridge between Sonprayag and Gaurikund was washed away, District Collector, Rudraprayag, Raghav Langer said.

The bridge was important as it was used for vehicular traffic, on way to Kedarnath, said Langer.

In 2013, flash floods had ravaged parts of Uttarakhand. More than 5000 lives were lost in the tragedy.

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