As weather continues to ruin Uttarakhand, rescue operation today morning resumed the evacuation process of stranded people from flood-hit areas. Security forces have rescued 17 foreign tourists from Dharasu and sighted 1000 pilgrims stuck between Kedarnath and Gaurikund during the most adverse weather conditions.
Next round of heavy rains is expected to shower on monday morning onwards in the hills of Uttarakhand, rescuers have 2 days to carry out the evacuation of thousands stranded in Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, many of them old or ill and most devastating thing is that most of the people haven’t are living without food or shelter. Hungry for days, many of those sighted are ill and and in need of immediate medical care, adding the sick and ailing among them are being evacuated on a priority basis.
The road to Kedarnath is virtually non-existent in the stretch between Rudraprayag and Gaurikund, while the road leading to Badrinath is badly damaged between Gobindghat and Badrinath. It would take anything between two to three months to restore these roads, making rescue operations entirely dependent on air evacuation.
Railways have ensured setting up of additional booking and enquiry counters at above locations for handling the additional requirement of booking, enquiries and refund etc. The Aligarh Muslim University has send a team of medical professionals to pilgrims, tourists and local residents in the catastrophe hit Uttarakhand, where the death toll in flash floods and landslides has already crossed 550.
Search engine giant Google has launched an application “Person Finder” to offer information on missing people in flood-affected areas in the country, including Uttarakhand. Google Person Finder is a web application that allows individuals to post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by a disaster