The death toll rose to 76 on Sunday amid continuous search and rescue operations at places affected by the devastation caused by heavy rains in Uttarakhand, while Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who was personally taking stock of the situation on the spot, visited Haldwani. While trekking from Harshil in Uttarkashi to Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh via Lamkhaga pass, bodies of seven of the 11 missing due to bad weather were recovered while two others are still missing. Two members of this team have already been found in injured condition, who are undergoing treatment in hospitals.
Uttarkashi District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said that the post-mortem of the bodies of five trackers was done at Uttarkashi District Hospital, out of which four were from West Bengal and a woman was from Delhi. The bodies of the trekkers from West Bengal have been sent to their homes from Uttarkashi, while the female tracker, a resident of Delhi, was cremated in Uttarkashi by her family members.
Search continues for two trackers
He said that out of the two other bodies found by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police team from Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh, one is being sent to Uttarkashi and the other to Delhi from where it will be sent to West Bengal. Patwal said that teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police are engaged in locating the two missing trackers – Gyanchand resident of Purola in Uttarkashi and Suken Manjhi of South 24 Parganas of West Bengal.
On the other hand, bodies of five of the six missing trekkers have been recovered from Sunderdhunga track at Kapkot in Bageshwar district, while another one is still missing, for which the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is conducting an operation. On the other hand, 19 people trapped in the Kafni glacier were safely evacuated to their village, Chhuni, while 33 people were safely rescued from the Pindari glacier.
CM inspected Gaula bridge
SDRF sources said that a team of the force is searching by foot to trace the people trapped at other places, while the second team will again search by helicopter tomorrow.
Chief Minister Dhami, who was visiting the disaster affected areas on the spot, inspected the damaged Gaula bridge in Haldwani and said that work would be done on a war footing to restart this bridge, which is very important for the movement of the entire area, at the earliest. He said that the rules have been relaxed for this. Dhami, who arrived with cabinet ministers Yatheeswaranand and Dr Dhansingh Rawat, said that the government is with the people and all possible help will be provided to the affected.
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