Indian Army launches website on Uttarakhand relief

The Indian Army Wednesday launched a web site - -- to provide updates on the whereabouts of people stranded in disaster-hit Uttarakhand.

The site also provides information about the location of people, helpline numbers, lists of those rescued and their current location.

A spokesman for the Central Command told IANS that the web site was a one-stop helpline for people in distress following the natural calamity in Uttarakhand. 

Fog, rain delay air rescue

The rescue and evacuation operations were delayed in the rain-ravaged Uttarakhand early Wednesday owing to rains and dense fog in some areas, officials said.

"After the chopper crash Tuesday, we are moving with caution to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur. We are waiting for the weather to improve," said a senior state official.

While at some places the skies had opened up, fog remained a cause of concern, the official added.

Indian Army rescue stranded citizens in Uttarakhand
Members of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) assist a young girl near Badrinath in Uttarakhand. Pic/AFP

The rescue mission to rescue more than 7,500 people still stranded on the Badrinath route in Joshimath and Harshil is likely to start around noon, officials involved in the operations told IANS.

Helicopter services, however, are continuing in Dharasu area of Uttarkashi. But with the inclement weather continuing to affect the rescue, army is now focussing more on the evacuation on foot.

Rescuers have been urging people to walk to safety to the army base camps with the help of the troopers guiding them.

The people, who have now reached the relief and medical camps set up by army, are waiting for the weather to clear so that sorties of choppers may begin and they can be airlifted to Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh.

More than 845 people have been confirmed dead in the natural calamity that hit Uttarakhand June 15. 

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