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5,000 feared killed in Uttarakhand; 19,000 still stranded

Last updated on: June 23, 2013 20:47 IST

5,000 feared killed in Uttarakhand; 19,000 still stranded

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KedarnathValley, the temple town which was the epicentre of the Uttarakhand rain fury, was on Sunday cleared of all stranded pilgrims, as rescuers battled rains to evacuate 3,000 more people in the disaster in which the death toll is likely to cross 5,000.

With the MeT department warning of adverse weather in the region from tomorrow, the multi-agency operations raced against time to try to rescue remaining 19,000 stranded people stuck in three areas including Badrinath. Air operations had to be also briefly suspended due to bad weather.

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Image: A pilgrim (in yellow) who was stranded in Uttarakhand reacts after meeting her relatives at a railway station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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As stepped up rescue operations amid intermittent rains led to evacuation of more than 3,000 pilgrims and tourists out of the stranded 22,000 people, the state government said at least 5,000 people must have perished in Uttarakhand in the worst ever deluge to have struck the hill state.

"At least 5,000 people must have been killed in the deluge that inflicted heavy damage on vast tracts of land especially in Kedarnath valley," Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya told mediapersons at the Jollygrant airport on his return from an aerial survey of the affected areas.

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Image: Soldiers try to repair a temporary footbridge over River Alaknanda after it was destroyed, during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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The official death toll as of on Saturday was put at 680 while Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said the death toll is likely to be around 1,000.

However, Arya did not give a specific figure saying extrication of bodies from under tonnes of debris in affected areas which is yet to be taken up may take some time.

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Image: Soldiers assist survivors to board a rescue helicopter next to the River Alaknanda
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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Jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police also began constructing foot tracks to speed up evacuation work, offering a "silver lining" for the stranded people.

"New tracks for able-bodied men to move on foot are opening up and that is a silver lining," Air Commodore Rajesh Isser, who is also the Task Force Commander for the Indian Air Force, told PTI.

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Image: Pilgrims are helped to climb over a hill by Army soldiers during a rescue operation at Govindghat
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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He said air operations are now focussed on areas such as Gaurikund and Harshil and other places which were untouched. In stepped up rescue operations by the army, ITBP and NDRF amid intermittent rains, more than 3,000 people were resscued from different areas, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar told mediapersons.

Kedarnath valley has been totally evacuated while over 3,000 stuck in Badrinath, Junglechatti and Harshil areas were evacuated to safe locations by the security forces on Sunday, he said. Scores of dead bodieslay strewn in Kedarnath area.

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Image: Buildings destroyed during floods are seen next to the Alaknanda river in Govindghat
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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A joint combing operation by the security forces will be launched in Kedarnath valley on Monday morning to ensure not a single survivor remains stuck in Rudraparayag district.

When asked how many more are yet to be evacuated from Badrinath and nearby areas, the Chief secretary said the figure should not be more than 7,000.


Image: Survivors get out from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

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