Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand – Road Closures and Safety Precautions Amid Heavy Rainfall
Travellers planning to visit Himachal Pradesh are urged to exercise caution due to continuous heavy rainfall affecting the state and various parts of North India. Notably, sections of the Kullu-Manali road have collapsed into the River Beas, while landslides are anticipated between Mandi and Kullu. Access to Rohtang and Atal tunnels has also been temporarily halted. Additionally, the Manali-Leh highway is currently closed, and the situation is worsening along the Spiti Valley stretch. The Shimla-Kalka train service has been canceled due to the high risk of landslides.
It is strongly advised to avoid travel to the region, especially around Manali, and to remain within accommodation premises for safety. Given the strong river currents and streams, travellers should refrain from venturing near water bodies and avoid trekking activities. The Aut bridge has been washed away, effectively isolating Manali. The upper reaches of Kinnaur have also been impacted.
Efforts are underway to restore the operation of highways, and there are disruptions in the telecommunication networks in several areas. Although tourists are reportedly safe, communication services may be limited. In case of emergencies, the Himachal Pradesh Police has provided helpline numbers.
Furthermore, the Meteorological Department advises against visiting Uttarakhand due to widespread landslides across the state. The current heavy rainfall is expected to persist for a few more days, although a decrease is anticipated from July 11. Many roads throughout Uttarakhand are currently blocked, including the Badrinath and Gangotri highways, where landslides have been reported.
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