A member of the local langar sewa society who had gone to Hemkund Sahib and returned Saturday night from flood-hit Uttarakhand was all praise for the Indian Army.
Bohad Singh said at 11pm on the night of June 17, while he and three members of his family were staying at an inn at Govind ghat, he heard an alarm.
"When we came out of the inn we saw nearby road being washed away in flash flood. People started
throwing stones on the vehicles parked there to alert all sleeping inside their vehicles. Though some of them managed to rush out safely but several others were washed away."
He said he remembered how one owner of a SUV, who was sleeping inside the vehicle alongwith his four members of the family, tried to start his vehicle. But before he could do that, the
vehicle was washed away in flash flood.
Bohad also stated that the next day the family started early morning and covered about 11 km from Govind Ghat in the evening. The family had left all their belongings in the inn of Govind Ghat.
He was all praise for the army men who had helped them to reach Joshimath and had even given them biscuits, bread and drinking water. He said the armymen did not care for their own lives and rescued the stranded families. The army jawans were even seen offering their uniforms to some stranded people who were feeling cold.
"It is only because of the army that we had come out alive and I had seen army jawans constructing bridges which were completely damaged in flood."
Bohad said he will return to the flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand, after normalcy returns as he wanted to thank all those who helped his family to come out alive.