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20 from Gurgaon still missing; 16 return home

Continuing with its operations in Uttarakhand, the Haryana government rescued 116 people, including 20 from Gurgaon, today afternoon.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2013 01:14 IST
Hindustan Times

Continuing with its operations in Uttarakhand, the Haryana government rescued 116 people, including 20 from Gurgaon, on Friday afternoon.

The latest record of persons from Gurgaon available with the state government includes 20 missing, 16 who returned home and four who have been rescued and are on their way home.

The nodal officer for the state responsible for all correspondence, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Virendra Sangwan, said that as many 37 persons were rescued on Thursday and two have reached home. Around 325 people reported missing from Haryana are still untraceable.

Tarsem Sharma, the district revenue officer of Gurgaon, said, "About 16 people have returned to Gurgaon from the flood-hit areas. These include three residents of Sohna, three from Manesar and six from Gurgaon. However, a group from Hailey Mandi is still missing."

Meanwhile, the government bodies involved in rescue operations are finding it difficult to keep track of the missing and rescued people.

According to officials, the 116 people rescued in the past 24 hours may or may not be a part of the 325 missing people reported to the helpline.

"We are rescuing whoever we are able to establish contact with, but it is difficult to check if those found are from amongst those reported missing to us," said Sangwan.

The officers on ground are also facing similar problems with regard to updating the list of missing persons. "Though we continuously try to contact those reported missing, the problem is that those who have returned home do not contact our helpline. So it is difficult to maintain track of missing and dead people," informed DSP Adarshdeep, officer in charge of Haryana helpline established in Uttarakhand.

Talking about the frequency of calls received by the helpline, Adarshdeep said, "We get fewer calls now as people are returning home. Till last week, there were so many calls from hapless relatives that it had become extremely difficult to control the situation".

The CID control room in Chandigarh is now compiling a daily report on the missing and rescued persons belonging to different districts in the state.

First Published: Jun 28, 2013 21:40 IST