News Reading Practice #10

(100 Day Challenge)



Shimla, September 8

Vehicular traffic on the national highway-5 was stopped near Nigulsari village in Kinnaur district barely a few hours before a major landslide washed away a 400-metre stretch of the road. The timely action of the district administration saved several precious lives.

Two years ago, 28 people were killed and several others were injured when a massive landslide hit a bus and a few other vehicles about half a kilometre from the current spot.

“We stopped traffic around 6 pm and the landslide occurred around 11 pm. So, yes, it was quite a close call,” said Chander Mohan Thakur, Tehsildar, Nichar. “Had traffic not been closed, 10 to 15 vehicles would have been moving on the stretch at the time of the landslide,” he added.

The road was sinking for the past eight to 10 days but still vehicles were slowly allowed to cross the road stretch. “The restoration work on the road stretch was going on simultaneously and we were constructing breast walls to stabilise it. On Thursday evening, we noticed that the breast walls had started swelling. Sensing the danger, we informed the administration and vehicular movement was stopped,” said Satish Joshi, a National Highways Authority of India official.

Joshi said, “As the apple harvesting season is going on and peas are also being sent to various markets, several vehicles could have been moving on the 400-metre stretch when the landslide struck. A possible tragedy has been averted.”


Stoppage - നിറുത്തല്‍

Avert - ഒഴിവാക്കുക, തടുക്കുക, വിലക്കുക

Tragedy – ദുരന്തം

Landslide - ഉരുള്‍പൊട്ടല്‍

Vehicular traffic – വാഹനഗതാഗതം

Barely – കഷ്ടിച്ച്

Washed away – ഒലുച്ചുപോവുക

Timely action - കാലോചിതമായ പ്രവൃത്തി.

Precious lives - വിലയേറിയ ജീവനുകള്‍

Close call - കഷ്ടിച്ച് രക്ഷപ്പെടുക

Sink - ജലത്തില്‍ മുങ്ങുക

Restoration - പുതുക്കിപ്പണിയല്‍, പുനരുദ്ധരിക്കല്‍

Simultaneously -ഒരേസമയത്ത്

Stabilise - ഭദ്രമാക്കുക, ഉറപ്പിക്കുക

Swell - തള്ളിനില്‍ക്കുക, ഇളകിമറിയുക

Sense the danger - അപകടം മനസ്സിലാക്കുക

Harvesting season - വിളവെടുപ്പ് കാലം.