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2,470 pilgrims, tourists from Maharashtra still stranded

With the number of pilgrims and tourists from Maharashtra stuck in Uttarakhand reaching 2,470 and 462 people untraceable, the state government sent more teams of officials and doctors for the rescue operation on Thursday.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2013 11:07 IST
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With the number of pilgrims and tourists from Maharashtra stuck in Uttarakhand reaching 2,470 and 462 people untraceable, the state government sent more teams of officials and doctors for the rescue operation on Thursday.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the government was taking up every possible step to trace people from the state.

“The pilgrims stranded at Gaurikund are unable to contact their relatives and authorities. We are doing our best to bring them back. The administration is in touch with its counterpart in Uttarakhand,” he said.

Chavan said that the government has sent two more teams of six officials with a team of doctors to Dehradun.

“The Maharashtra Information Centre (MIC) in New Delhi has started Relief, Co-ordination and Control Room at Maharashtra Sadan. Spokesperson of the centre Pravin Takey said that till late evening 134 tourists were safely brought to Delhi.

We are making arrangements for their accommodation, dining and air tickets for their return journey.

A financial help of Rs2,000 each has been given to them,” he said.

He state government has set up a control room at Dehradun (0135-2190018/18). Relatives of the tourists and pilgrims can contact the officials engaged in the rescue operation on this number.