Kedarnath Yatra suspended for fourth day due to bad weather

kedarnathDehradun:  The Kedarnath Yatra remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day Tuesday due to adverse weather conditions, officials said.

“Heavy rains and snowfall have stranded hundreds of pilgrims along the route to the shrine. Rains continued Tuesday on Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri routes,” said Dehradun Sub-Divisional Magistrate Uttam Singh.

He, however, sought to allay fears that pilgrims stranded enroute due to adverse weather were under risk.

The Chardham Yatra, struck last year by flash floods that left thousands dead and missing, resumed May 2. The yatra is a holy expedition that includes visiting four famous shrines in India — Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Massive reconstruction and safety measures have been initiated by the Uttarakhand government after the June 2013 disaster. However, far fewer numbers have turned up for the pilgrimage this year.

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