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Jul 03, 2013 at 10:14am IST

Uttarakhand: Bad weather hits rescue operations in Pithoragarh

Joshimath: Rescue operations in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh have been hit due to bad weather. Close to 800 people still have to evacuated, out of which 22 are believed to be Mansarovar yatra pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the Met department has predicted heavy rain in the state starting Wednesday evening which is likely to last for the next two to three days. Heavy rainfall is predicted in Kumaon region, and districts such as Pithoragarh, Nainital, Champawat will be affected.

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On Tuesday, all pilgrims in Badrinath were finally evacuated in what is being termed as the biggest air rescue operation conducted by the Air Force. The focus now shifts to rehabilitating the locals and rebuilding the state.

NDMA Vice-Chairman Shashidhar Reddy had said on Tuesday that over 11,000 people are still feared to be missing in the flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand. Reddy said as per the official data, the count of missing people has reached only upto 3,500 to 3,700 but more than 11,000 people are feared to be missing in the state.

According to the NDMA's recent data, rains and floods had affected 4,200 villages in Uttarakhand besides damaging 2,397 houses and 194 bridges.

(With additional information from PTI)