Five Kedarnath pilgrims were killed on Saturday after their car was hit by landslide debris in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district. The incident near the Chorabari glacier, around 15 km from Kedarnath.

 Five Kedarnath pilgrims were killed

Five Kedarnath pilgrims were killed

A total of 10 people in the vehicle, including the three children and 7 women. The remaining five people received injury while the driver and four passengers died on the spot. When they reached at a nearby hospital.

The deceased have been identified as:

  • Suresh Kumar (45), a resident of Delhi
  • Nirmala Devi (40), his wife
  • Neha (18), their daughter
  • Nitin (16), their son
  • Manju Devi (40), a resident of Uttarakhand
  • Anjali (12), her daughter
  • Ankit (10), her son

The injured have been identified as:

  • Rajendra Kumar (40), Suresh Kumar’s brother
  • Rajni Devi (35), his wife
  • Shivangi (10), their daughter
  • Harsh (8), their son

Rudraprayag District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said that the landslide debris had blocked the road, and it took several hours to clear it.

The bodies of the deceased have been sent to their native villages for last rites.

Two major incidents involving people were reported in Kedarnath over the past two weeks. On July 28, 16 pilgrims were killed when their bus fell into a gorge near Gaurikund.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased. He gave the police instructions

Beginning on May 3, the Kedarnath Yatra is one of the most well-known journeys in India. It is believed that a dip in the waters of the Kedarnath river can wash away one’s sins. The route flows risk of landslides and other disasters, making it a dangerous.

In the past few years, there have been several accidents involving Five Kedarnath pilgrims were killed. also Over 5,000 individuals in the area killed in a deadly flood in 2013.

The government has built earthen walls and bridges along the pilgrimage route, to increase pilgrim safety.

The following are some safety tips for Kedarnath pilgrims:

  • Travel only during the prescribed time period, which is from May to October.
  • Travelling should be avoided while it’s raining because landslides are a big concern.
  • Before leaving, check up the weather prediction to be ready for bad conditions.
  • Be alert of the risks related to altitude sickness.
  • Eat well and drink lot of water.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Do not travel alone.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and alert the authorities to any in doubt behaviour.

 

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