By the time relief material — food and drinking water — poured into Uttarakhand on Day 9 of the tragedy, the need of the hour had changed. Keeping in mind the continuing rains and a forecast predicting heavier showers over the next few days, officers have now requested for raincoats, tents, umbrellas, torches and blankets for those stranded in the hill state.
Shyam Mohan Sharma, incharge Transport Nagar requested, “We need these items to protect stranded pilgrims during the rains. We have stored enough food material and water.”
Transport Nagar, a locality on the outskirts of the city, has turned into the parking lot for all trucks carrying relief material.
The dissemination of relief material from Transport Nagar started on June 22 when only 10 trucks were sent to various disaster-hit areas in Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts.
On June 23, the number increased to 30 trucks with food material. On Monday, officials were hopeful of sending at least 50 trucks. Till the report was filed, 30 trucks had already left with relief material.
So far, maximum relief has come from Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.
Articles such as rusk and food cereals were stored and other items like water and medicines were distributed immediately and so were some perishable items.
“We are not storing bread as it’s a perishable item. As soon as a consignment of bread is received we immediately clear it for sending so that before it gets decayed it reaches its desired destination,” Sharma told HT.
The officers are also giving priority to packets containing necessary items.
Along with relief material, several volunteers have also reached Uttarakhand to participate in the rescue operation.