Kedarnath Yatra Halted Due to Heavy Rains; Orange Alert Issued

The administration of Rudraprayaag district has suspended 5,000 people from Guptacashi and also suspended helicopter services due to heavy rain.  (Photo: News18)

The administration of Rudraprayaag district has suspended 5,000 people from Guptacashi and also suspended helicopter services due to heavy rain. (Photo: News18)

Pramod Kumar, CO Rudraprayag, said pilgrims have been advised not to walk to the temple for the time being and to remain safe.

The Uttarakhand government has suspended the Kedarnath Yatra after issuing an orange alert due to incessant rain since Monday morning. The Rudraprayag district administration has stopped 5,000 people from Guptacashi and also suspended helicopter services in view of the heavy rain, Pramod Kumar, CO Rudraprayag told ANI.

He said that after issuing the orange alert due to heavy rain since the morning, we stopped the worshipers on foot and urged them to return to their hotels. He said pilgrims have been advised not to go up to the temple for the time being and to stay safe.

He added that the orange alert is on for tomorrow as well.

An extratropical weather system approaching northern Pakistan created rain-bearing clouds that brought showers of rain to parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh early on Monday. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorms occurred in several places in Uttarakhand, while most parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and isolated places in Rajasthan received rain.

A red alert indicates heavy to very heavy rain in excess of 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert indicates very heavy rain from 6 cm to 20 cm of rain. Alert in yellow means heavy rain between 6 to 11 cm.

(win input from PTI)

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