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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Roads ravaged, worse to come in Rudraprayag

Arvind Moudgil, Hindustan Times  Rudraprayag, June 24, 2013
First Published: 00:16 IST(24/6/2013) | Last Updated: 00:18 IST(24/6/2013)

With roads destroyed by flash floods and more destruction in store during the monsoon, the question on the villagers’ mind is how foodgrain, LPG, kerosene and other basic necessities will reach them.

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Former legislative council member Prithvi Pal Singh Chauhan, who visited some affected areas, said stretches of 30-300 metres had been torn away at many places on link roads and many patches were vulnerable and might cave in the monsoon.

With roads breached and blocked at several places in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts, people are trying to reach the national highway by just walking the distance.

The scene at the national highway is emotional. There is relief for some, while the rest are anxious as they will have to go back to the places where disaster struck to look for their untraceable friends and relatives.

Sirobagar, lying between Dharidevi and Rudraprayag on the national highway, falls in the landslide zone and is open for only light vehicles.

A bypass had been created but this narrow road is not good enough to cope with the heavy traffic forced on it.

Low visibility
With forecasts of rain in Uttarakhand from June 24, there was hectic activity at the helidrome on the Sahastradhara bypass, Dehradun.

Helicopters making sorties had to return due to low visibility though a few helicopters bringing pilgrims from Rudraprayag did land there.

At around 12:15pm, a chopper landed at the helidrome amid a slight drizzle, bringing a group of five middle-aged women who had been stranded at the Janki Chatti. Beenapani Bormai, from Guwahati.


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