The government of Uttarakhand on Monday announced that the Kedarnath Yatra has been suspended after heavy rains hit the state, triggering an orange alert. Due to the harsh weather conditions, the pilgrims who were on their way to the Kedarnath Shrine were stopped and asked to return to their hotels. Helicopter services have also been suspended as of now.
“After the orange alert and continuous rain since morning, we stopped the devotees on foot and urged them to return to their hotels… Do not go down to the temple for the time being and stay safe,” Rudraprayag Ko Pramod Kumar was quoted as saying by ANI news agency. say. “An orange alert is active for tomorrow as well. We have stopped about 5,000 people from Guptacashi. Helicopter services are also closed for the time being,” Kumar added.
According to the weather department, the extra-tropical weather system approaching northern Pakistan has resulted in the formation of rain-bearing clouds that brought showers of rain to parts of Uttarakhand, along with Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh early Monday. Several places in Uttarakhand witnessed thunderstorms.