Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Manali-Leh highway blocked at Nehru Kund following landslide

The movement of vehicles either from Manali to Lahaul or vice versa has been completely disrupted as well.

Mandi: Traffic on the Manali-Leh highway was blocked and at a standstill at Nehru Kund near Manali in Kullu district on Tuesday night due to a massive landslide in the area.

The movement of vehicles either from Manali to Lahaul or vice versa has been completely disrupted as well.

The traffic has been diverted through Palchan till boulders are cleared from the road.

Soon after receiving information from the Kullu district administration, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highway, swung into action with men and machinery into service to clear the blockade.

The traffic was diverted via Burua-Shanag link road, Manali station house officer (SHO) Sandeep Pathania said. However, a massive traffic jam has been reported on the alternative route.

The Shimla-Kinnaur highway (NH05) is also blocked for traffic after a massive landslide at Chaura. There has been long queues of vehicles on both sides.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh-Manali highway that was blocked due to a landslide at Aut near Pandoh has been reopened.

The Aut-Banjar-Sainj highway was also blocked due to a landslide at Chhait on Wednesday night.It took two hours to restore traffic.No loss of life or damage to property was reported.

Traffic was diverted via Burua-Shanag link road, Manali station house officer (SHO) Sandeep Pathania said. However, a massive traffic jam has been reported on the alternative route.

Kullu deputy commissioner Ashutosh Garg said link roads were also blocked due to multiple landslides and the public works department was working to restore traffic on priority.

Meanwhile, Sujanpur was the wettest place in Himachal Pradesh, recording 51mm of rainfall, followed by Solan 34mm, Nahan with 31.2mm and Mandi 28mm and Jogindernagar 24mm.Palampur town got 23mm of rainfall, Kangra 18.2mm, Paonta Sahib 11.4mm, Bhunter 9mm, Chamba 7mm and Dharamshala 6.2mm.

The MeT department has forecast rains for next one week. A yellow weather warning for heavy rains, thunderstorm and lightning has been issued. People have been warned to avoid unnecessary traveling due to the threat of landslides.

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