IANS today quotes BRO saying that the Manali-Leh highway now has light vehicles running , after some rerouting. The twenty kilometer steep downhill stretch to Upshi is still badly damaged by landslides ,as already described by a Malaysian poster here .
On Aug 10, I and hundreds of other Ladakhis walked about 40km from Lato to Upshi. I am a Tourist cycling the Manali-Leh highway this year is forced to leave all my belongings behind with the villagers that is including my bicycle. I was told that by foot was the only way to reach Leh. The journey took us more than 10 hours. Trekking and rock climbing along the 40km route allow us to see the devastation caused by the rain. It was not only the landslide to be cleared off but in some stretch, the roads were totally ‘vanished’.
Keylong weather forecast talks of around forty mm´s of rain per day between the 18th and 20th , Leh twenty mm´s.
UPDATE , AUGUST 16th : The road is now declared open at leh.nic.in , with a revamped road marker : “Open Alternate Route”
WEATHER UPDATE , AUGUST 19th : Todays five day forecast says 10-25 mm in Leh , 20-45 in Keylong & Kargil districts. The severe weather warning has been downgraded to ” isolated heavy rainfall ” . MalaysianAdvertisements