Kedarnath Avalanche: Huge snow clouds hit Gandhi Sarovar.

On the morning of June 30, a massive avalanche hit Gandhi Sarovar, four kilometers above Kedarnath Dham here.

This avalanche near Chorabari Glacier fell in the valley in the same area, but there was no loss of life or property.

Devotees visiting the Kedarnath temple this morning captured the natural phenomenon on their mobile phones around 5 am.

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A huge cloud of snow was seen sliding down rapidly and stopped after falling into a deep chasm. The avalanche occurred in the upper reaches of Gandhi Sarovar in the Chorabari Glacier, which lies beneath the snow-capped Meru-Sumru range at the upper end of the Kedarnath Valley.

Rudraprayag District Disaster Management Officer Nandan Singh Rajwar said that there was no loss of life or property due to the avalanche. Rajwar said that the entire area including Kedarnath valley is safe.

Gopal Singh Rothan, an employee of the Garhwal Mandal Development Corporation, was present at the temple when the avalanche hit.

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A lot of curiosity was found among the devotees who watched this natural scene for about five minutes. Another avalanche hit the Chorabari Glacier on June 8, Rothan said.

In 2022, three avalanches occurred in the area during the months of September and October. In May and June 2023, five such avalanche incidents were reported in Chorabi Glacier. After that, the scientists of Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and Wadia Institute conducted a ground and aerial survey of the area and assessed the entire situation.

The team of scientists then termed the incidents as “normal” in the Himalayan region, but called for improved security in the Kedarnath Dham area.

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