Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday left his helicopter at the disposal of the Uttarakhand government for flood rescue. Hooda said the state Congress was also putting a Falcon jet into the operations.
An official spokesman said here on Saturday that Hooda had also met his Uttarakhand counterpart, Vijay Bahuguna, and assured him of all help for the relief and rescue operations. The CM said the Haryana government would soon dispatch 50,000 blankets for the affected people. Haryana chief secretary PK Chaudhery also met his Uttarakhand counterpart, Subhash Kumar, at Dehradun to know what help was required.
Meanwhile, the team deployed by the state government to rescue people from Haryana set up a wireless base in Dehradun. The Haryana officials said maximum people from Haryana were stuck at Badrinath. "We have no numbers on how many are actually trapped," said an official. "The problem is more in Gaurikund and Gangotri areas. In Harsil, base station for Gangotri and areas en route Kedarnath, there is a severe shortage of food, so the priority will be to get people out," he added.
There were plans to make people walk from Badrinath to Joshimath and then get them on the buses, the officials said.
Back home relatives of those trapped are spending anxious moments waiting to hear about near and dear ones. "We have no contact with our loved ones since June 16," said Kashmiri Lal of Karnal district. "My nephew Khushi Ram and family had gone to Badrinath. We have no clue about them. About 30 people from our village are putting up at Harsil helipad to look for them."
Jeet Singh Bhatti, lawyer from Faridabad, told HT from Hrishikesh that he had been looking for his brother and his family. "The people of Uttarakhand are extremely humane, the state government is not,'' he said. Brijesh Vashisht, a shop keeper from Hailey Mandi in Gurgaon, had last spoken to his loved ones on June 16. "There has been no contact since. My brother, Ravikant, is in Dehradun to trace them," he said.
A little relieved is Hisar's commission agent Rakesh Garg. "My family has reached Harsil. I could have contact with it for barely 10 seconds but all said they were fine. It is a big relief," he said.
Sunil Adlakha from Arjun Nagar in Gurgaon said his sister and brother-in-law were safe but unable to get out. "They are in Harsil at the civil helipad. They do not have a reference or access to high-ups and so wait to be airlifted," he said.