Following intense overnight rains in Chamoli district, a portion of National Highway 109 between Gairsain and Karnprayag has been washed away close to Kalimati.
People travelling from Gairsain to Karnprayag and Nainital were stranded on both sides of the road, Chamoli Police said. The road was washed away about 15 meters near Kalimati on Thursday night. Long queues of vehicles have formed on both sides of the highway.
The road on the Badrinath National Highway has also been blocked due to debris falling from the hill near Chhinka as a result of incessant rains.
Meanwhile, heavy rains have also been reported in the Kullu district last night. Heavy rains have caused flash floods in Raila Pashi of Sainj Valley. One building was damaged but no loss of life or property was reported.
SDM Banjar Hem Chand Verma said, “Last night due to a flash flood at 2.30 am, there was chaos in the Sainj market. Heavy rains have caused flash floods in Raila Pashi of Sainj Valley. One building was damaged but no loss of life or property was reported.”
The northern states in the country have been battered by heavy rains. Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir have received torrential rains this month. Landslides and flash floods have caused loss of lives and property in the hilly states of Himachal and Uttarakhand.
58 NDRF teams have been deployed in flood-affected states for rescue and relief work in coordination with State administrations, according to a previously released official statement. The NDRF has deployed 16 teams in Delhi, 11 teams in Himachal Pradesh, 10 teams in Punjab, and 10 teams in Haryana.