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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, June 24, 2013
Haryana has offered to rebuild 25 Uttarakhand villages which have been adversely affected by floods and landslides, said chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while addressing mediapersons here on Monday.
Hooda said he had offered to rebuild the ravaged villages during his meeting with Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna in Dehradun on Sunday.

Hooda said as a result of the centres set up by Haryana in Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar, information about 1,044 stranded pilgrims from Haryana had been received. "Majority of them are safe. All efforts are being made to ensure their safe return," he assured.

Giving details about 1,044 people from Haryana, he said a maximum of 330 were from Karnal district, followed by 89 from Panipat, 82 from Sonepat, 77 from Gurgaon and 71 from Ambala.

"There were 29 each from Bhiwani, Yamunanagar and Faridabad, 41 from Panchkula, 37 from Jhajjar, 49 from Jind, 10 from Kaithal, 17 from Kurukshetra, six each from Mahendragarh and Palwal, 10 from Rewari, 15 from Rohtak, eight from Sirsa, three from Fatehabad and 33 from other areas," he said.

Hooda, who left the state chopper at the disposal of Uttarakhand to evacuate pilgrims, said the pilot told him that 65 stranded people had been taken to safer places with the help of the helicopter.

He said apart from sending 25,000 blankets to the flood-hit state, the state government had dispatched 1 lakh doses of vaccine required to treat the cattle suffering from 'gal ghotu' disease.

Also, out of the total demand for 25,000 doses for treating black quarter disease in cattle, the state has supplied 16,000 doses so far.

In reply to a question, the chief minister said: "This is not the time to indulge in cheap politics and to extract credit for any help. It's a natural calamity and one should be concerned about the safety of stranded people."

'All Cong leaders will donate month's salary'

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday said all Congress MPs and MLAs of Haryana would donate a month's salary for the rescue and relief operations being carried out in Uttarakhand.