Dehradun, June 25: The worsening weather conditions in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand have made the army officials apprehensive. What will more rain mean for the already devastated state? The army has no answer but to stare helplessly at the sky. Can the helicopters be flown one more time to save the hapless souls?
Nobody knows how many people are still stranded and how many have died. The administration is airing different figures of the death toll and according to some reports, the army is in no position to assure those who looking for their loved ones among the people who are yet to be rescued.
The only consolation for the men in uniform is that they have kept on fighting an uphill battle. But how much time is left for the distressed before another flood or landslide hits them?
'He perhaps tried to save his son but couldn't'
How pathetic is the scenario on ground? According to one report published in AnandaBazar Patrika, two bodies were found embracing each other near the gate of the Kedarnath temple. The bodies were that of a middle-aged man and a child. "May be the father tried to protect his son, but couldn't," said one. A woman's body was lying at some distance. Was she the mother of the child? The reply was inaudible.
One pilgrim clung on to the bell of the temple for nine hours while positioning himself on bodies lying underneath. His dress was torn apart by the flood water and just survived in neck-deep water. His hands were badly injured and he can not talk at the moment. The trauma has completely shattered him.
'I saw my wife getting washed away, couldn't do anything'
One person from West Bengal said his wife and 16 other relatives were flown away by the flood waters and he could not do anything. "I had asked a local tea-seller to give us tea but saw him fleeing. I looked out and saw water carrying huge rocks rushing towards our dharmashala. I saw one part of the building completely washed away by the boulders. All my relatives were gone. I still remember their final scream," another report in Anandabazar Patrika quoted the survivor saying.