HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Northern rain fury

62-yr-old survivor recalls ordeal near Gangotri

A group of senior citizens, which returned to the city on Tuesday morning, said that they had a narrow escape while on their way to Gangotri. Sudesh Makkar, the 62-year-old woman, recalled the situation she faced in Uttarakhand. Himabindu Reddy reports.

Uttarakhand flood scare grips Amarnath pilgrims

The horrific flash floods in Uttarakhand have spread panic among pilgrims as the number of registrations for the Amarnath Yatra, likely to begin on June 28 in Jammu and Kashmir, has dropped considerably. Himabindu Reddy reports.

Four more bodies recovered from chopper crash site

Four more bodies were recovered by IAF commandos near Gaurikund in Uttarakhand where an IAF Mi-17 helicopter carrying 20 people had crashed during a rescue mission and all onboard are feared killed.

Like in a war, we have to keep moving: Air chief

Air chief marshal NAK Browne on Wednesday said the rescue operations would continue till all the stranded had been moved to safety. He was in Uttarakhand to boost the morale of rescuers following Tuesday's chopper crash which left 20 dead.

Uttarakhand: all 20 bodies found in chopper crash

Paramilitary soldiers today recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in Uttarakhand where a helicopter crashed while on a mission to rescue people stranded in monsoon floods, Air Force Chief NAK Browne said.

Govt likely to discuss proposal for managing epidemics in Uttarakhand

The government is likely to consider a proposal to set up a network of laboratories for managing epidemics and natural calamities across the country, particularly in the wake of threat of disease outbreak looming large over flood-ravaged Uttarakhand.

Gurdwara Hemkunt Sahib to remain closed for the year

Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara, located ata height of over 15,000 feet above sea level, which bore the brunt of the recent rain ravage in Uttarakhand may remain closed for the rest of the year as the road link to the 17th century Sikh shrine has been badly damaged.

Tourism ministry sanctions Rs. 100 cr special package for Uttarakhand

The tourism ministry on Wednesday sanctioned a Rs. 100 crore special financial package for restoration and reconstruction of the government tourist facilities damaged due to rains and floods in Uttarakhand.

Olive green shines amidst tragedy

IAF chief MAK Browne today said "Rotors won't stop, we owe it to our men who died. NDRF, ITBP and our men have done an outstanding job." Indeed, the armed forces have done an exemplary job in the flood ravaged Himalayan state.

Andhra MPs scuffle over relief operation at Dehradun airport

In a brazen show of competitive politics, Andhra Pradesh MPs belonging to Congress and Telugu Desam Party were on Wednesday locked in a scuffle in public view at the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun over ferrying pilgrims back to the state.

Mass cremations begin amid epidemic scare even as 3,500 people await evacuation

Amid fears of the spread of epidemic due to bodies getting decomposed, the mass cremation of the dead began yesterday at the Kedar valley in Rudraprayag in accordance with religious tenets. HT reports.

Sheltering relief material from rain a huge task in Uttarakhand

Places such as Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar are facing a glut of relief material that is getting damaged due to rains. Sheltering this material from rain has become a huge task and a large part of it is getting affected. Sidhartha Roy reports.
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