The SGPC on Tuesday sent a medical team with essential food items to Hemkunt Sahib in the Garhwal hills of Uttarakhand, where pilgrims have been stranded due to landslides and flash floods caused by heavy rains in the upper reaches of the hills.
A nine-member medical team of the Sri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Research and Education, led by Dr Amardeep Singh of the Surgery department and Dr Ankush Kamra of the medicine department left for the Garhwal hills from here. The team comprising para medical staff is carrying essential medicines and medical equipment.
Another team which will organise 'langars' along the route leading to Hemkunt Sahib also left from the Golden Temple.
Three other SGPC teams which will organise 'langars' left from the Sikh shrines in Kurukshetra, Jind and Ambala have also been sent. Another such team will be leaving from Anandpur Sahib on Wednesday.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar had spoken to the Uttarakhand authorities on the relief and rescue measures being taken to evacuate the stranded pilgrims. Makkar made it clear that these relief teams will stay there till the situation returned to normal.