“We have made some foot tracks and rescue operations are on. It’s a very difficult area,” Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said.
A total of 61 choppers have been pressed into service — from Cheetah choppers that can carry 2 people to Mi 26 that can accommodate 70.
The army has also brought in its parachute regiment to handle difficult terrains, has set up a forward air base in Dharasu in Uttarkashi and is enhancing medical facilities at various spots.
Rape, robbery, mayhemLawlessness followed death and disease into Uttarakhand. As the hill state struggled to recover from last week’s horror, reports of robbery and rape poured in.
A woman and her daughter, stranded in Gaurikund area of Kedarnath valley, were raped and murdered. A woman, from Bihar, too was reportedly raped in the same area. Criminals also murdered three mule traders and looted Rs. 17 lakh from them.
Hooda sets exampleHaryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda left his chopper behind in Dehradun so that it could be used to ferry those stranded in Uttarakhand.
At a meeting with his Uttarakhand counterpart Vijay Bahuguna, the Hooda also promised to provide all necessary help in rescue and relief operations.