A large number of tourists from Lucknow, who had gone to Uttarakhand on pilgrimage, have been stranded following a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Uttarkashi district of the neighbouring state. With mobile phones of many being out of reach, their relatives back home are worried about their well being.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ramapati Ram Tripathi, who was on a pilgrimage to Gangotri and is currently stuck at the guest house of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam at Uttarkashi, told Hindustan Times on phone, “The scene is horrific as a number of buildings have collapsed. I was lucky to have managed to sneak into the guest house but there is no power out here. Food is also limited due to road blockage. It is still raining, making it difficult for army and district administration to start relief operations.”
Thirty-five-year-old Usha Singh of LDA colony is anxious after being unable to contact her sister Madhuri Singh. “She had moved to Srinagar in Garhwal from Kedarnath when I last talked to her but after that her phone is constantly out of reach,” she said.
Similarly, family members of NS Chauhan, 40, a resident of Ashiana colony, are concerned about his safety as they have not been able to contact him for the last 24 hours. “I am worried about his safety. He left Kedarnath on Sunday but there has been no information since,” said a kin.
Likewise, family members of A K Upadhaya, 24, have been unable to contact him. Sushma Awasthi, 56, resident of Chinhat, is also reportedly stranded somewhere between Uttarkashi and Kedarnath.
Rajkumar, 42, who is stranded at Uttarkashi, told HT over phone, “A bridge that connects one part of Uttarkashi to other has been washed away. The weatherman has predicted more rains for the next 24 hours. Please pray for us.”
Meanwhile, district administration in the state capital is unable to give exact figure of Lucknowites stranded in Uttarakhand because apart from established travel agencies some people perform pilgrimage on their own. This makes it difficult for the administration to keep track. District magistrate Anurag Yadav said no one has contacted him to reach out to relatives stranded in Uttarakhand. “There is nothing in our hands but yes, the district administration can help contact people who are not calling their family,” he said.