Rescue ops going on despite low visibility
Air Force chief arrives to boost morale 2,403 stranded pilgrims evacuated Nearly 8,000 awaiting rescue...
- Air Force chief arrives to boost morale
- 2,403 stranded pilgrims evacuated
- Nearly 8,000 awaiting rescue
Dehradun (PTI): An overcast sky and low visibility at places on Wednesday did not come in the way of air rescue operations in rain-hit Uttarakhand, even though a thin veil of early morning fog briefly delayed flight of choppers from Sahasradhara helipad and Jollygrant airport. A Pawan Hans pilot engaged in relief and rescue operations in Gauchar said the weather is okay in Uttarkashi with no major hindrance to air rescue operations.
As cremation of decaying bodies recovered from Kedarnath could not be done on Tuesday due to bad weather, police tried to ensure that the process began on Wednesday in view of threat of outbreak of an epidemic looming large, officials said. Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne arrived here this morning on a morale boosting mission a day after 20 IAF, ITBP and NDRF personnel were killed in a chopper crash near Gaurikund in Rudraprayag district.
Talking to reporters here before flying to Gauchar to take stock of the situation, Browne said he was here to pep up the morale of personnel engaged in rescue operations following Tuesday's unfortunate incident. "Though we lost brave personnel of the IAF, ITBP and NDRF in the chopper crash, it should not dent our determination to carry out the rescue mission successfully. We will ensure that every survivor stranded in Badrinath and Harshil sectors is evacuated," Browne said.
Condoling the death of soldiers on a rescue mission in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said it was a loss for the nation and declared one days' state mourning on. He already announced a compensastion of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased personnel. Rescuers evacuated 2,403 stranded pilgrims even as nearly 8,000 persons waited to be evacuated � most of them at Harsil and Badrinath, officials said, as the death toll rose to 822 with 142 bodies being found, including 127 in Kedarnath area, the epicentre of destruction.