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Help flood hit, SC tells Centre, U'khand govt

With many dead and still several people feared to be trapped in the devastating Uttarakhand flash flood, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the both Uttarakhand and central governments to do everything possible to rescue them from this difficult situation. The top court has asked the authorities to provide them food and drinking water and to deploy sufficient number of helicopters for the rescue operation.

A bench of Justice A K Patnaik and Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the central government and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to provide all required resources to the state government. The apex court has also asked the government to file a report by 25 June, when the matter will be heard again, on the efforts of the government in relief and rehabilitation work.

'We direct as an interim measure that all stranded people be provided immediate relief by the state and district authorities by giving them food, medicines and other essential things including fuel,' said the court. It also directed for deployment of sufficient numbers of helicopters, depending on the availability, for picking up stranded persons.
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