Badrinath: Jammu residents stranded with no immediate rescue
A number of people from Jammu are stranded in Badrinath and other places in Uttarakhand, hit by heavy rains, landslides and floods, have appealed to the state government to approach Uttrakhand government for their immediate rescue. HT reports.india Updated: Jun 21, 2013 22:06 IST
A number of people from Jammu are stranded in Badrinath and other places in Uttarakhand, hit by heavy rains, landslides and floods, have appealed to the state government to approach Uttrakhand government for their immediate rescue.
The state government has till now not issued any formal request to the Uttrakhand government to ensure safety and lifting of people stranded there.
The victims' families in Jammu did not have any clue about their family members as mobile phones are not working.
Pandit Amit Sharma, resident of Bishnah, had reached Badrinath on June 14 after visting the Kedarnath shrine.
Lodged in a dharamshala he has been stranded there since then. Amit, who had gone in group of 16 people had told his family members over the phone that roads have been washed away.
He had said that no one from the local administration had approached them and there is no information when they will be evacuated.
Family members of the Amit said that they have been told on telephone that there is neither electric or water supply and the stock of essential commodities is also fast ending.
They do not have much money left and are worried about their coming with fast depleting finances.
To add to their troubles, Amit had said that some locals were taking advantage of the misery of the people are selling even a cup of tea for Rs 30.
Only on Wednesday they were approached by some local officials and were directed to submit their list to the Mandir committee so that they can be airlifted.
Only old people and ill persons were air lifted and rest are stranded there.
They have been told by the local authorities that going by the large number of people stranded there it will take another week to airlift them.
Amit had also told that they are unable to trek down as at many places land slides are still continuing and at number of places the trek has been blocked by boulders.
Many of these stranded people have gone by their own vehicles but are ready to leave them.
They have appealed to the state government to make an intervention for their immediate evacuation.
Family members of Sham Lal and his wife Nelam Gupta, who had gone for the yatra, have till now no information about their where abouts.
Their son is camping in Hardiwar for the last three day but still hasn’t been able to collect any information about them and is not able to reach Kedarnath.
First Published: Jun 21, 2013 22:01 IST