The Indo-Tibetan Border Police joins Uttarakhand rescue efforts
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has rushed 500 personnel, including medical staff, for rescuing pilgrims and locals stranded at various places in Uttarakhand due to landslides and heavy rainfalls.
“Thousands of pilgrims stranded near Govind Ghat, enroute to Hemkund Sahib, were rescued by our personnel and local administration in a search and rescue operation lasting till mid-night. They are being accommodated at various shelters in Joshimath,” ITBP spokesperson Deepak Pandey said.
Shelter and emergency medical centre to accommodate about 300 people has been established at the ITBP camp in Joshimath and about 250 yatris has been accommodated in Joshimath gurudwara, he said.
The force, which has put its two battalions on alert in Uttarakhand, has deployed commanders to supervise the relief and rescue operations in the state and upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh.
The situation is also being constantly monitored by the force headquarters.
The ITBP said a number of ‘yatris’ and vehicles are stranded en-route to Badrinath as the road at Pandukeshwar, 30km from Joshimath, towards Badrinath, has been blocked after landslides.
Pilgrims have been stopped at Kedarnath and Gaurikund. The paramilitary force along with local administration is providing drinking water, food and medical help to them.
A rafting team of ITBP, the spokesperson said, also rescued 24 people from Budi village, 12km from Dehradun, where a multi-storey building was washed away early this morning.
Twelve teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 540 personnel, have reached landslide and heavy rain-affected areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. “The commandant of these units is already in talks with the local authorities and we will press more men if the situation demands,” a senior NDRF official said.
4.20 pm: NDRF, Army work together as weather hampers rescue operations
The National Disaster Relief Force has said that bad weather is forcing rescuers to change plans, as heavy operative machinery could not be moved owing to the weather conditions.
The army says it has already rescued hundreds of pilgrims from Joshimath in Uttarakhand, while others en route to Kedranath have been given food and shelter.
2. 48 pm: Five more bodies recovered from Kedarnath
Five more bodies were recovered today from near the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath even as the chardham yatra remained suspended for the second day due to landslips.
Authorities in Chamoli district said the toll may climb as about 50 persons from different villages in the area are missing and rescue operations are on.
They said five bodies were recovered from Basukital adjoining Kedarnath.
The Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath motor way and pedestrian routes are blocked at about a dozen places by rocks and boulders that have come down as part of the debris from collapsed houses and landslides triggered by rains continuing for the last 36 hours. (PTI)
2. 04 pm: 50 people missing, 11 confirmed dead in Uttarakhand
Over 50 people are missing and 11 have been confirmed dead in Uttarakhand, National Disaster Management Authority Vice Chairman Shashidhar Reddy said.
He also said NDRF officials are finding it difficult to move heavy machinery to the site but they are constantly in touch with the state officials of Uttarakhand.
“12 of our teams are there already, ITBP and Army units have also reached Uttarakhand,” he said.
Reddy also said that over 20,000 pilgrims are stranded and 200 vehicles have been washed away by the Alaknanda river.
Flood alert in UP as Ganga flows above danger level
A flood alert has been called in Uttar Pradesh as the Ganga is flowing 1.55 metres above the danger level in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, reported the Times of India.
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