Uttrakhand flash floods: Army starts evacuation work in Kedarnath

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Dehradun/June 22
Indian army on Saturdar started evacuating around 1000 pilgrims who are stranded in mountains between Kedarnath and Gaurikund while meteorological department has warned of more rains in Uttrakhand.
As per reports, around 1000 people had taken refuge in Chatti forest near Kedarnath and Indian army has started rescue work today, after 7 days since the flash floods washed away several houses in Kedarnath and Rambara, the last city before the holy shrine.
Meanwhile, bad weather conditions have hampered rescue and relief work at some places as it is hampering helicopter services in the area though various central and state teams are speeding up the rescue operations as met office has predicted more rains in flash affected areas.
The rescue teams are providing food and medical facilities to stranded people as most of them are ill and they haven’t eaten anything from the last few days. The army and other rescue teams are evacuating sick and old people on priority and around 73,000 pilgrims have been evacuated to safer places so far.
Meanwhile, the death toll has reached 552 and rescue teams are hopeful that they will be able to evacuate all stranded people by tomorrow.

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