India Landslide Strands Tens of Thousands of People

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In May, 13,000 people in India were traveling to a Hindu holy site (a revered temple), but on their way to the temple, a landslide happened. There were no reports of death or injury initially.

Per Fox News, “A landslide caused by pre-monsoon rains stranded about 13,000 Indian pilgrims near a revered Hindu temple site in a mountainous area of northern India on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, said Amit Chandola, a spokesman for the state government of Uttarakhand.” When the pilgrims saw the landslide happening, they stopped their cars and had to stay in local lodging overnight.

The Times of India reports, “Confirming that the landslide had left a large numbers of pilgrims stranded, Tripti Bhatt, superintendent of police (SP) Chamoli, told TOI, “After the landslide, at least 1,183 pilgrims were stopped in Govindghat, 900 at Joshimath and 450 at Pandukeshwar from moving ahead. They have been accommodated in nearby hotels, lodges, gurdwaras and guest houses. Around 11,000 pilgrims were at Badrinath for darshan at the time of the calamity.”

At about noon, the constable noticed small rocks coming down the hill. If he hadn’t noticed it, then many lives would have been lost in the landslide.

Hindustan Times states, “State police officials said the constable noticed around noon small rocks rolling down the Hathi Parvat, one of the most landslide prone zones, at Vishnuprayag.”

The government was on the spot to help the stranded people. They provided food and water.

Fox News explains, “Authorities rushed food and drinking water to the stranded pilgrims and hoped to clear the debris soon from blocked roads leading to the Badrinath temple so the pilgrims could continue their journey, Chandola said.”

There was so much debris, that those clearing it said that it wouldn’t be drivable until the Saturday night after the landslide happened (Friday).

Per The India Times, “Personnel from Border Roads Organization said that the landslide had brought so much debris on the road that normal traffic movement would only be restored by Saturday night.” Tanu married a drunkard name Sahdev. Sadhev didn’t become temperate despite the fact he was married. In fact, Tanu was abused. Tanu went to live with her parents with and her baby came along. She wanted to provide an education, but couldn’t due to lack of finances. She found out about Gospel for Asia’s Bridge of Hope from a neighbor and enrolled him into the program.

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Fox News: India landslide strands 13,000 pilgrims near Hindu site

The Times of India: Massive landslide on Badrinath highway leaves 14,000 pilgrims stuck

Hindustan Times: Alert cop’s warnings saved many on Uttarakhand landslide route to Badrinath

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