In a horrific incident, a massive part of a hill in Uttarakhand skid down on Monday blocking the Tanakpur-Champawat section of National Highway 9.
Rocks and soil came sliding down the slope along with loose debris near Swala and resulted in traffic congestion on the narrow meandering hill roads.
A video shows cars scrambling to make U-turns and leave the area as passengers and locals run away from the spot abandoning their vehicles.
#WATCH | Tanakpur-Champawat national highway was blocked following a landslide near Swala in Champawat, Uttarakhand today— ANI (@ANI) August 23, 2021
"It would take at least two days to clear the debris. I have instructed officials concerned to divert the traffic to another route," says DM Vineet Tomar pic.twitter.com/Bndohy4fj5
"Bohot hee khatarnak sliding ho rahi hain (a very dangerous landslide happening)," a person can be heard saying in the video.
The local administration has instructed the diversion of all traffic in the area till all the debris is cleared.
"It will take at least two days to clear the debris. I have instructed officials concerned to divert the traffic to another route," District Magistrate Vineet Tomar said, reported news agency ANI.
Earlier this month, 13 people were killed in a landslide in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.