Dehra Dun: Flash floods have cut off thousands of people in the hills in Uttarakhand and as many as 34 people have already been declared dead in the inundation. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked for air force helicopters to be called immediately for rescue missions as the situation continues to remain grim
There are pictures of death and destruction. The angry river, Bhaagirathi, has washed away everything that stood in its path in the high ranges of Uttarakhand.
It was on a fatal Sunday when the flash floods destroyed the lives of the people for ever.
The flash floods have washed away homes, hotels and banks. Among the victims is an Indian Army jawan, who lost his three-storeyed home. However, his family was lucky to survive.
"I lost the building. It was right there now no one can see it. Thank god it was Rakhi and my family was not there," said the Army jawan.
Over 14 bridges were also swept away in the floods. The Pilgrims on the Chardham Yatra to Gangotri have been stuck.
Around 50 tourists are still stuck. But the administration was unaware of it until CNN-IBN informed the minister in charge. He has now promised quick action.
The situation is so grim that the relief is yet to reach 20 villages. On the ground, the anger is palpable.
The electricity and power supply have been completely stopped because the power cables have been uprooted.