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"It's now a death trap." So said a Doordarshan journalist rescued on Thursday after having been stranded for four days in a landslide-hit part of Himachal Pradesh.
"There is no water and electricity. The entire communication has been snapped since Sunday," Doordarshan's news editor Nandini Mital told IANS here after arriving from Pooh, 320 km from here, by an IAF chopper.
Mital was rescued by the Indian Air Force along with two colleagues and a few tourists. Rampur is the base camp for rescue operation.
She complained that no relief and rescue team from the state government or the National Disaster Management Authority had reached Pooh.
"This was the first fight to Pooh in four days. Every morning we were told to reach the helipad. Every day we were told to come the next day," she said.
Like her, 50-odd tourists mainly from Punjab and Chandigarh were stuck there.
Mital said: "There was no government functionary to assist the stranded people. The locals were benevolent. They provided food and shelter to us. There was no air dropping of essential items. The ration with the locals will last only five or six days."
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