New Delhi, June 22: A group of children from Pindari Glacier were rescued by the Army and they are among 18,000 people now safe thanks to the Army. They all were stranded at various places in the rain-ravaged Uttarakhand.
A group of 45 children has been saved while efforts were on to locate another group from Pindari Glacier. Pindari Glacier is one of the most easily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers in Kumaon region. Situated between Nanda Devi and Nandakot peaks, Pindari is known for its rugged beauty and trekkers love the experience. The Glacier is 5 km long, the snout is about 6 m high and 2.5 m wide.
"About 8,500 Army jawans are continuously working to locate the people still stranded in most difficult of places and shift them to safer areas and so far some 18,000 people from Gangotri, Joshimath, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Pindari Glacier among other places have been evacuated," GOC-in-Chief of Central Command, Lt Gen Anil Chait told reporters today in Lucknow..
As many as 19 medical centres and rest houses have been set up for providing medical aid and rest to the rescued people, Chait said.
Giving the scale of operation and magnitude of tragedy the General sais that about 40,000 square km area in the hill state has been affected due to flood fury in the rivers caused by cloud burst and about 400 km road network in the Char Dham route has been affected.
General Chait said that they have built many small bridges to transport people to safety yesterday.
"The road link from Uttarkashi to Harsil is open. Today already 250 people have used it." He assured that the Army has all the required resources to extend help to the people there and they are being rescued by erecting smaller bridges and through other means in the most challenging of situations.
In Gangotri region, some 500 people have been rescued, the Lt General said, adding that yesterday he had met the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and discussed the ongoing works with him.
Expressing hope that all the people in Gangotri area would be evacuated by tomorrow, he said that a helipad has been set up there.
The Army officer said since yesterday, the jawans have helped 728 stranded people talk to their family members and have extended help to about 1,000 people in Mangal Patti area from where the process to shift people to Gauri Kund has started.
The General assured that the force would not disappoint the people and every located human life would be saved.
Some people stranded on the bridge on the Alaknanda on the road from Badrinath to Joshimath and Rudraprayag have been saved.
The army has also built makeshift helipads in Junglechetti and has evacuated the first batch of people from the remote area in the most inhospitable environment.
The army was also be able to access Hemkund Sahib today. The army has built a bridge over the Alkananda river in Govindghat and also dug out walk ways that had been washed out by the floods.