A cloudburst on Manali Leh highway between Patseo and Zingzing Bar on Manali Leh highway caused a massive landslide on Tuesday night, (27th June). Around 1200 tourists were left stranded on both sides for nearly 17 hours before the road was restored.
A cloudburst in the area between Patseo and Zingzing Bar, 166km from here, blocked the Manali-Leh highway at 9pm on Tuesday night and left 1200 tourists stuck on both sides of the damaged road for over 17 hours. The road was cleared at 2.30pm on Wednesday but danger still persists for travellers as another downpour can trigger a massive landslide on the road.
Many parts of the state are experiencing rain and the rivers are in spate. The major rivers and their tributaries are carrying large amount of silt after heavy downpour in the hills. Chhaki nullah near Manali is also flooded. Water in Beas, Parbati and Chenab rivers is flowing above the normal level.
“Hundreds of tourists were stranded on both sides of the damaged portion of the road. Nearly 400 pilgrims who were coming after “Sindhu Darshan” from Leh towards Manali also got stuck near Zingzing Bar. The road has been made temporarily motorable. We had to rush to the spot to help the pilgrims who have now moved to Manali,” a resident from Lahaul, Mohan Lal Relingpa, said.
Many tourists spent the nights in their cars but it was a nightmare for over a hundred bikers. Tourists took shelter in the make-shift dhabas and saved themselves from chilling cold amid heavy downpour.
Sources said that a 200m stretch was under threat of landslide and flood. The entire region is experiencing heavy rain since Tuesday.
Border Roads Organization (BRO) commandant Lieutenant Colonel Vijay Kumar said,” We could not clear the debris at night as flow of water was very high. We have deployed our machines at KM-166. Possibly, an avalanche struck the upper part of the area and caused rolling of the boulders.”
If you are planning to travel anytime soon, I would advise to delay your plan by a few days or weeks until the threat of landslide and flood is cleared. If you have any other information on this, please feel free to share in the comments section below.