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Heavy rainfall hinders rescue operations

Heavy rainfall was reported in Dehradun city on and its adjoining areas on Sunday, thus creating another challenge for the rescue team operations. The state met department predicted that there will be no respite from rainfall in the next 48 hours. Many stranded pilgrims were rescued from Gangotri and Yamnotri shrines and nearby areas.

People of all states were seen at the entrance premises of Jolly Grant airport, nearly 22 km from the main city en route to Rishikesh. They were curiously asking about the whereabouts of their near and dear ones who were on their way to Char Dham yatra. The fortunate ones who were saved by Army rescue teams praising full-throatily their bravery, timely-help and infinite patience. Many survivors shared their stories with the media, and displayed their  anger over delayed rescue operations.

Near entrance of airport, many trucks, loaders, mini buses carrying food items, eatables, medicines, first-aid kit, blankets and raincoats were seen eager to distribute it to the pilgrims stranded at various points of pilgrimage centres by rescue-carrying choppers. But bad weather in the city halted rescue operations to some extent and various vehicles carrying necessary items were directed to deposit it at the Transport Nagar near ISBT. At Transport Nagar, vehicles from all states were seen carrying necessary items for the stranded pilgrims.

Relief camps by various states and organisations were seen distributing food, water, cold drinks and other necessary items free of cost to the near and dear ones of stranded pilgrims who came here from all parts of the country.   

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna has said that rescue teams will take another fortnight to evacuate flood victims as the roads leading to affected areas have been badly damaged.
He also said, ‘Those who are stuck in certain areas in Uttarakhand, there is no threat to their lives.’

Bahuguna said, ‘It’s very tragic that so many people have died in this calamity. It will take a long time to rebuild Uttarakhand,’ adding that the holy town of Kedarnath has suffered the worst.
‘It will take another 15 days for the rescue teams to evacuate flood victims as the roads leading to the affected areas have been damaged badly,’ Bahuguna said on Sunday.
Sandeep Bankhwal

Sandeep Bankhwal

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