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.
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.
Air Force Chief NAK Browne lands in Dehradun, says "rotors won't stop, we owe it to our men who died.' He salutes soldiers and people engaged in rescue work in the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rescue workers get reports of rotting bodies lying around semi-buried in soil and rubble. Outbreaks of water-borne diseases feared.
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.
Over a week after flash floods took their toll on life and property in Uttarakhand, residents of villages near Kedarnath are facing acute food shortage, with most of them blaming the state government for neglecting them. Anmol Jain and Arvind Moudgil report.
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.
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
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