Former minister Shobha stranded in Uttarakhand

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SHOBHABANGALORE, June 18;The former Minister and Karnataka Janata Paksha leader Shobha Karandlaje is among the pilgrims stranded in the hilly State of Uttarakhand by landslides, and flash floods in the Ganga and its tributaries, following heavy rain.

Speaking to The Hindu on the telephone, Ms. Karandlaje said, “I have been stranded in Budla village in Rudraprayag since Sunday morning. A large number of pilgrims are taking shelter in a house located atop a hill. I am the only person from Karnataka in this group.”

Ms. Karandlaje said she got stuck in that village after leaving Uttarkashi. “We were on the way to Kedar. But we were forced to stop here since the roads are blocked by landslides and falling trees. It appears as though parts of the mountains have fallen on the road,” she said.

“It is difficult to differentiate between the sky and the earth here as the clouds appear to be touching the road in this hilly area. It is raining so heavily that visibility is poor,” she said. Bangalore District Brahmana Sabha President Mrutyunjaya, who was carrying ashes of legendary playback singer P.B. Srinivas for immersion at Gangotri, is also among the people stranded at Uttarakhand.

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