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Army’s website on rescue ops

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, June 27, 2013
First Published: 09:32 IST(27/6/2013) | Last Updated: 09:35 IST(27/6/2013)

Indian Army’s Central Command launched an exclusive website for the benefit of flood-affected people, their families and relatives on Wednesday.

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The site www.suryahopes. in gives minute-to-minute update on Army operations across Uttarakhand, location-wise data of people stranded at various places, list of people rescued, helpline numbers, latest news about flood victims and provides links to the Uttarakhand government web site and google sites giving information about flood-affected people.

By logging on to this site, people from a round the world can get information about their near and dear ones. Though the data is not exhaustive, it is being updated constantly, said a defence spokesperson.

Earlier in the day, Army engineers constructed a steel bridge across river Alaknanda at Lambagar - the first such bridge since the valley was ravaged by floods. Army engineers negotiated numerous landslides on Rishikesh-Badrinath road and thousands of stranded vehicles, to reach Lambagar on Tuesday evening.
There men worked throughout the night in inclement weather to ensure that the bridge is ready for use by pilgrims being evacuated by foot from Badrinath.

Evacuation from both Harsil and Badrinath continued throughout the day. As many as 500 people have been evacuated from Harsil by air and 800 people evacuated from Badrinath till last reports came. Another 375 people moved on foot. As per latest reports, approximately 450 are still awaiting evacuation from Harsil and approximately 3,000 are waiting for their turn at Badrinath. Army search operations in Jungle Chatti continued for the third day based on instructions given by the commander Central Command.

The veterinary medical aid team on Wednesday treated more than hundred animals on Hemkund axis. The animals got stranded after the Govind Ghat bridge was washed away. Besides, two Army psychiatrists interacted with stranded pilgrims and provided them professional counselling.

More than 5,600 Army personnl are deployed across Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand for the past ten days and are risking their lives to save lives of people stranded.

The Army has so far evacuated more than 33,000 people since June, 17 -- 25,000 of them by foot while 8,000 were moved out by helicopters. Thirteen Army aviation aircraft did 600 sorties to evacuate 2,715 people and ferried 24 tonnes of food, fuel, medicines, blankets and relief material to the people.


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