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‘We were led to believe the roads had cleared’

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“There are more people misguiding us than guiding us here,” said the former Minister and Karnataka Janata Paksha leader Shobha Karandlaje, who is among the pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand following landslides and flash floods.

Speaking from a place near Rudraprayag where she is stranded in a vehicle on the road, she said the government machinery seemed to be virtually “absent” and wondered why help of local panchayats was not being sought in relief work.

She and other pilgrims bound for Kedar had moved out of Budla village in Rudraprayag, where they had taken shelter on Monday, because they were given to believe that roads had cleared. “We realised only after we got stranded on the road that it was misinformation,” she said.

She could see “at least 200 vehicles” ahead of her and thousands, including several women, were either stuck in their vehicles or were sitting in the buses.

Ms. Karandlaje said that rains had stopped and they were hopeful of roads clearing by Wednesday.

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