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A passenger from Rajasthan died after being hit by stones falling from a hill near the bridge at Sonprayag on the Rudraprayag-Gaurikund highway. On the other hand, a pilgrim died after a stone fell on the car of the passengers returning from Badrinath, while a pilgrim returning from Gangotri Dham died due to a stone falling on his head.
On Thursday morning, some passengers left for Kedarnath from Sonprayag. A stone fell from the hill near the Acro bridge, hit the head of Jayanti Lal (50) Banswara Rajasthan, due to which he died on the spot. Mayuri (30) wife Dharmendra resident of Ahmedabad Gujarat, Avan Singh (59) son Mir Singh resident of Jhajjar Surhati, Haryana and Vikas (24) son Virchandra, resident of Nepal were injured.
On information, the SDRF team led by Inspector Karan Singh Rawat reached the spot and admitted the injured to Sonprayag Hospital. Here, District Disaster Management Officer Nandan Singh Rajwar said that three passengers have died due to stone falling from the hill on the Yatra route this week.
On the other hand, a heavy boulder fell from the hill between Langasu and Nandprayag on the car of UP pilgrims returning from Badrinath Dham, injuring Saurabh Agarwal (28) son Pradeep Agarwal, resident of Mau (UP) in the car. Saurabh was brought to the Upazila Hospital Karnprayag by the driver of the crashed car, where doctors declared Saurabh dead. Saurabh was accompanied by his mother Rekha Devi in the car. Both he and the driver are safe.
The Gangotri highway was closed on Thursday near Swarigad. B Balaji (59) son Radhakrishnan resident of Andhra Pradesh also got stuck when the highway was closed. During this, he got out of the vehicle and stood on the side of the road, when a stone falling from the hill hit his head. Neighbors were taking him to the hospital, but he died on the way.
Rain stopped Badri-Kedarnath Yatra, Gangotri Yatra became dangerous
In view of the heavy rains, the administration banned the Kedarnath Yatra from Sonprayag after 8:30 am on Thursday. Earlier, 980 pilgrims had left for Dham from 6 to 8 in the morning, which reached Kedarnath by noon. On the other hand, due to rain, debris and boulders in the Khachda drain on the Badrinath highway have been closed.
The administration has stopped around 600 passengers at Lambagad, Govindghat and Pandukeshwar. Gangotri Highway remained closed for about one and a half hours due to debris and boulders near Swarigad. Although later the BRO has opened the highway for small vehicles, but in view of the stones falling from the hill, the movement of big vehicles is still banned. Due to the danger of falling debris and boulders, movement in this part of the highway remains risky.