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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.

Uttarkand Rain
Uttarkand Rain

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.

Heavy rains in the state have already claimed ten lives, while at least 60 more people are believed to be missing. Read More…

Adani Ports and SEZ celebrated World Environment Day

Adani Ports and SEZ celebrates World Environment Day on June 5 Adani Ports And Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), a part of India’s leading infrastructure conglomerate Adani Group and the country’s largest private multi-port operator, celebrated the World Environment Day on June 5 at Mundra, Gujarat, spreading message amongst the masses on the importance of keeping the environment clean and healthy.

Environment Day Celebation 2013
Environment Day Celebation 2013

 At the local level, Adani Ports undertook several programmes such as tree plantation, street plays depicting importance of clean environment, painting competition for school children etc. Keeping with the United Nations theme on reducing wastage of food, Adani Ports arranged a programme in Mundra and 16 adjoining villages, where thousands of people participated to understand the importance of reducing the wastage of food. Noted social workers such as Ms. Devalben Gadhvi, Ms. Truptiben Thakkar, Ms. Jagrutiben and the staff of Adani Foundation provided guidance to the people and urged them to take oath on “to respect for food amongst family members, “eat healthy and vitamin-rich food”, and “reduce wastage of food”. A drawing competition to create awareness about the environment amongst the children was held at Shantivihar by Adanis where students from 103 schools of Mundra Taluka participated. On June 6, a day-long seminar on “green economy & industralisation in Kutch” was held in association with Adani Ports and Gujarat Pollution Control Board.

About The Adani Group : The Adani Group is one of India’s leading business houses with revenue of over $8 billion. Founded in 1988, Adani has grown to become a global integrated infrastructure player with businesses in key industry verticals – resources, logistics and energy. The integrated model is well adapted to the infrastructure challenges of the emerging economies. It multiplies the benefit of synergy and economies of scale both for the Group and for the customers. We live and work in the communities where we operate and take our responsibilities to society seriously. The Group protects biodiversity in ecologically sensitive areas like Mundra and undertakes initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions. At Adani, we deliver benefits to our customers and customers’ customers.