It’s been 17 days since rains wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand and thereafter 112,000 people have been rescued from all four affected districts, but the rescue operations in the area are still not over.
On Tuesday, 155 pilgrims were rescued from Badrinath even as nearly 200 locals remained stranded. Making this announcement, chief secretary Uttarakhand Subhash Kumar said the rescue operation could not progress after 1pm because of bad weather.
With every passing day the flood-ravaged hill-state is limping back to recovery — water and power supplies are being gradually restored, bulldozers and JCB machines are clearing and renovating broken roads and temporary bridges are expected to further improve connectivity.
But there are some other things that will take time to fix, like the schools.
The state government report suggests the rains have damaged 53 school buildings in Uttarakhand. “This is a preliminary report. We believe that the number of schools damaged by torrential rains could be much more,” state education minister Mantri Prasad Naithani told HT.
Meanwhile, a consortium of Dehradun-based public schools has announced they will distribute books free of cost and will also contribute to the rebuilding of school buildings in the state.
Bad weather for ASI
The team of experts from the Archeological Society of India(ASI) which was to visit the Kedarnath temple on Sunday to assess flood damage could not do so because of bad weather.
“The team had even boarded the chopper and waited for nearly an hour but were advised not to go because of bad weather condition,” Pravin Srivastava, director general ASI told HT. The team will submit a report to the culture ministry after visiting the temple.