Rescuers began evacuating hundreds of pilgrims to safe places in Uttarakhand on Friday after heavy monsoon rains lashed the state.
Major rivers swelled after the heavy rains, blocking roads and bridges. A bridge that connects Gaurikund to Sonprayag on the route to the famed Kedarnath temple was damaged.
Helicopters were being used to airlift pilgrims from Hemkunt Sahib and Kedarnath, officials said.
On Friday morning, Ranjit Rawat, advisor to the chief minister, and additional chief secretary Rakesh Sharma flew to Hemkunt Sahib, where several Sikh pilgrims are stranded.
The evacuation operation was on till time of filing this report.