Torrential rainfall has caused massive devastation on the way to Sri Hemkunt Sahib. An estimated 4,000 Sikhs are stranded at various places to Sri Hemkunt Sahib after 3 bridges from Gobind Ghat to Gobind Dham have been reported to have collapsed.
The situation is being described as life threatening due to many landslides occurring in the area.
The Hindu has reported:
Chamoli district magistrate Ashok Kumar said the yatra to Hemkund Sahib was also halted because of damage to four makeshift bridges on the way.
Mr. Kumar said the yatra to Badrinath – also in Chamoli district – was halted after a landslip blocked the road to the shrine.
Jhelum in spate
Zahid Rafiq reports from Srinagar: A 24-hour spell of heavy rainfall seems to have brought the Kashmir Valley back to the brink of yet another flood. While the government says the situation is under control, the Jhelum continues to flow over the danger mark.
The Irrigation and Flood Control department said the water level in Jhelum recorded at Sangam gauge in south Kashmir at 5 p.m. was 27.15 ft., more than 4 ft. above the danger mark. At Ram Munshibagh gauge in Srinagar, the water was flowing at 21.30 ft, two-and-a-half ft. above the danger level.