Kinnaur, Aug 8: The annual Kinner Kailash pilgrimage was suspended by the Kinnaur district administration due to adverse weather conditions and flash flood incidents, an official said on Wednesday. The flash floods which occurred due to torrential rainfall left 100 people stranded while one pilgrim died of hypothermia. Officiating Deputy Commissioner of Kinnaur Major Avninder Kumar reportedly said, “No pilgrim would be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.” Also Read - Terror Attack on GREF camp in Akhnoor: High alert sounded in Jammu; school, colleges shut
Meanwhile, officials stated that the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel were engaged in the task of clearing the Ribba National Highway-5 as the road was damaged and remained closed due to landslides and flash floods on Tuesday afternoon.
Restoration work is underway and the road would be cleared for normal traffic by this evening, said the officials. Landslides occurred at three places in Thangi, Bawa Nagar, and Ribba yesterday after flash floods, they said, adding three bridges on the Link Road in Bawa Nagar were also washed away. The 10-day pilgrimage was earlier suspended on July 29 as two pilgrims were washed away and 276 were stranded. Several hundred pilgrims from different states come to Kinner Kailash annually to pay their obeisance. (With PTI inputs)