Evacuation of stranded pilgrims continued from both Badrinath and Harsil regions. Nearly 532 stranded people have been evacuated on Thursday by air from Harsil leaving just 100 to 150 locals to be shifted. About 450 people were evacuated by helicopters from Badrinath. Nearly 900 people set out on foot, while 244 have already reached Joshimath, the rest are on their way and expected to reach by late Thursday night.
Evacuation also continued in Pithoragarh district of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. As many as 100 people were evacuated from isolated and cut-off places and were brought to Dharchula where they were given food, water and medical aid by the Army. Hemkund axis has been totally cleared of all pilgrims. Army veterinary team returned to Joshimath after providing medical assistance to stranded animals and mules between Govindghat and Ghagria.
The Army also constructed another temporary footbridge at Sonprayag for use by local population. More than 8,500 Army personnel and 13 helicopters have been pressed into service to provide rescue and relief in Uttarakhand.