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Despite bad weather, rescue operations on in Uttarakhand

Jun 25, 2013

Cheetah and MI-17 helicopters which went to undertake rescue operations in Rudraprayag and Badrinath Valley were called back because of inclement weather.

Bad weather is affecting the evacuation operations in Uttarakhand on Tuesday even as Army, Airforce, ITBP, NDRF and BRO continue to press ahead with the relief and rescue activities.

Meanwhile, Director of Met department Anand sharma has said that heavy rain is expected in lower reaches of Uttarakhand which may hamper rescue and relief operations going on there.

He said that there would be more impact in the lower region.

Relief and rescue operations in the rain-hit Uttarakhand state were affected due to bad weather on Monday also.

Many helicopters going towards Gangotri were forced to return due to bad weather conditions.

Cheetah and Mi17 helicopters which went to undertake rescue operations in Rudraprayag and Badrinath Valley were called back.

Yet Indian Air Force did 115 sorties from Dharasu and 20 from Shimla.

Over 80 choppers and 10,000 army and paramilitary personnel are engaged in the rescue operations following one of the worst calamities to hit the hill state last week.

All stranded people in Jungle Chatti in Kedarnath have been successfully evacuated.

Till now overall 97,000 people have been evacuated and now about 6,000 stranded people await evacuation.

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