His home situated on the banks of River Bhagirathi was dangerously lurking on the verge of getting washed away by the swelling river. But, Avdhesh Bhatt, a young mountaineer from Uttarkashi district, put the lives of others before self and rushed to the disaster-hit Kedarnath valley to evacuate the stranded pilgrims.
With Kedarnath shrine in Garhwal Himalayas suffering extensive damage in the recent calamity in Uttarakhand, a leading seer today asked the Centre to constitute a separate pilgrimage ministry to frame a code of conduct for people visiting shrines in high altitudes.
"Why are the Gods so angry that they are even killing the saviours who are rescuing the sea of humanity in Uttarakhand?" an IAF squadron leader blurted when he got the news of the chopper crash.
Locals in flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand have allegedly been overlooked in the rescue operations that are ‘focussed’ on pilgrims. NGOs active in these areas say the focus on pilgrims have kept the locals off the rescue radar. Arvind Moudgil reports.
The youth put their best foot forward in the midst of a breakdown in the means of communication in the flood-affected parts of Uttarakhand. Prasad Nichenametla reports.
For 54-year-old Sreedevi help came all the way from UK. Well, almost. She was airlifted by the Indian Air Force and admitted to a nearby hospital but despite a brain surgery, her condition deteriorated and she slipped into coma. And that is where the London-based Dr Mohd Shafi Shali found her and had her transferred in an ambulance to Delhi.
In the wake of the latest natural calamity in Uttarakhand, the government is fast-tracking plan to establish dedicated laboratories across the country to deal with epidemics and natural disasters.
Before the first lot of mass cremations of the Uttarakhand flash flood victims on Wednesday, the government is getting ready to undertake one of its biggest DNA profiling of the dead.
After unprecedented loss of life and property in the flood- ravaged state of Uttarakhand, several city corporates have pitched in to help the victims. Deevakar Anand reports.
A group of senior citizens, which returned to the city on Tuesday morning, said that they had a narrow escape while on their way to Gangotri. Sudesh Makkar, the 62-year-old woman, recalled the situation she faced in Uttarakhand. Himabindu Reddy reports.
The horrific flash floods in Uttarakhand have spread panic among pilgrims as the number of registrations for the Amarnath Yatra, likely to begin on June 28 in Jammu and Kashmir, has dropped considerably. Himabindu Reddy reports.
Air Force Chief NAK Browne lands in Dehradun, says "rotors won't stop, we owe it to our men who died.' He salutes soldiers and people engaged in rescue work in the state.
Four more bodies were recovered by IAF commandos near Gaurikund in Uttarakhand where an IAF Mi-17 helicopter carrying 20 people had crashed during a rescue mission and all onboard are feared killed.
Air chief marshal NAK Browne on Wednesday said the rescue operations would continue till all the stranded had been moved to safety. He was in Uttarakhand to boost the morale of rescuers following Tuesday's chopper crash which left 20 dead.